The Innocent (L'innocente)1979
The Innocent (L'innocente) (1979)
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as Teresa Raffo
as Tullio's Mother
as Federico Hermil
as The Princess
as Miss Elviretta
as The Prince
as Filippo d'Arborio
Critic Reviews for The Innocent (L'innocente)
Visconti's last film (completed in 1976 shortly before his death) and among the most beautiful and severely disciplined films he has ever made.
The Innocent is classy but droopy, definitely the sort of art movie to avoid after a long hard day. Despite a story destined to take hideously melodramatic turns, the movie remains sedate and formal.
The Innocent is a beautifully made melodrama, whose elaborate and operatic moral dilemmas turn on issues that are curiosities today.
Visconti's last film strikes me as arguably the greatest of his late works apart from The Leopard -- a withering autocritique of masculine vanity and self-delusion.
The film resolves itself into an almost painfully sincere meditation on masculine self-delusion. It has a great performance from Laura Antonelli as the wife, and excellent ones from Giannini and Jennifer O'Neill as husband and lover.
Audience Reviews for The Innocent (L'innocente)
Visconti's opera out of control...Loosened strings and the damage is catastrophic.If only it were in the middle of his creative period,we would be placing it amongst gigantic films like Ludwig.An artistic exuberance nonetheless reaping the inner personalities of the protagonists.The eye-candy costume/art direction representation is a wondrous contrast to the filth of aristocracy.
"L'Innocente" is a methodically plotted film whose sumptuous visuals belie the inner decay occurring amongst the aristocracy in 19th century Italy. In creating this world of endless formalities, functions and fencing, director Luchino Visconti may have succeeded too well as the story stagnates before slowly building to its unforgettable climax and finale. At the center of this world are Tullio(Giancarlo Giannini) and Giuliana(Laura Antonelli) Hermil, trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience. He is obsessed with his mistress Teresa(Jennifer O'Neill) who spurns him at a party for the company of Count Egano(Massimo Girotti).
Life's rich tapestry ~ Visconti is THE visual master. This decadent, fin de siecle oevre is not only a farewell to the aristocracy, but to Visconti's own life. Giancarlo Giannini gives a strong, visceral performance as a Nietzchean superman, living beyond good and evil. Laura Antonelli offers a subtle and nuanced performance. This would have been a five star film had Visconti been able to complete editing before his death.
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