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1976 • dir Luchino Visconti w/Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O’Neill • 129 min

Gabrielle d’Annunzio’s passionate novel is brought to life in the final masterpiece from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti (The Leopard). In late-nineteenth century Italy, Tullio (Giannini), an insatiable aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Antonelli) and neglects her for his more exciting mistress, the wealthy widow Countess Teresa Raffo (O’Neill). After learning that Giuliana is having a torrid affair of her own, he becomes tormented by her infidelity and descends into madness. – Film Movement

“One of Visconti’s most terse, most dramatically economical films. There’s not a superfluous frame in it. Further, it is splendidly performed by Mr. Giannini… and by Miss Antonelli, whose childlike face and voluptuous body combine to form a kind of ideograph that tells us what the film is all about… A fitting coda to the Visconti career. It’s a film of effortless command in which the director’s presence is everywhere felt – and nowhere intrudes.”
– Vincent Canby, New York Times