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  Luchino Visconti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Luchino Visconti, Duke of Modrone (November 2, 1906 - March 17, 1976) was an Italian theatre and cinema director and writer.
Visconti was one Neo-realist director who was able to continue working throughout the 1950’s, although he veered away from the Neo-realist path with his 1954 film, “Senso,’ which was also filmed in Technicolor.
Visconti himself died in Rome of a stroke, brought upon by a life of heavy smoking, at the age of 69.
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 House of Visconti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The House of Visconti were a noble family whose effectual founder, Oddone, wrested control of the city of Milan from the rival Della Torre family in 1277.
The Visconti ruled Milan during the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance period, first as Lords of Milan, then, from 1395 as Dukes.
From Uberto, brother of Matteo I, came the lateral branch of dukes of Modrone; to this family belonged Luchino Visconti, one of the most prominent film directors of Italian neorealist cinema.
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 bfi | Features | Luchino Visconti: biography
Count Don Luchino Visconti Di Morone was born on 2 November 1906 in Milan, "as the curtain went up at La Scala", he said.
Visconti allowed his palazzo to be used as a secret headquarters for members of the Communist Resistance and he participated in armed action against the German occupiers.
Luchino Visconti's funeral was attended by President Giovanni Leone and Burt Lancaster.
www.bfi.org.uk /features/visconti/biography.html   (529 words)

 Luchino Visconti: bio and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
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The stranger (lo straniero in its original italian) is a 1967 filmmovie by italian director luchino visconti, based on albert camus...
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 Luchino Visconti Biography :: Hollywood.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Luchino Visconti occupies a unique place in the history of world cinema; he is the most Italian of internationalists, the most operatic of realists, and the most aristocratic of Marxists.
Visconti's next film, a haunting, elegiac adaptation of Giuseppe di Lampedusa's novel "The Leopard" (1963), was an account of an aristocratic Sicilian family faced with enormous social changes during the late 19th century.
Visconti made two final films, "Conversation Piece" (1975), a semi-autobiographical story of an elderly intellectual confounded by a new Italy in which the vulgar materialism of the new bourgeoisie clashes with the sometimes desperate alienation and militancy of radicalized youth, and "L'Innocente" (1976), based on Gabrielle d'Annunzio's novel of upper-class adultery.
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 Morte a Venezia (1971)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Luchino Visconti's 'Death in Venice' is one of the most misunderstood masterpieces of cinema.
Visconti himself who decided to focus on the Venice chapter only as well as to modify the occupation of the main protagonist, Gustav von Aschenbach who becomes a music composer (highly inspired by the composer Mahler), the film was also inspired by other Thomas Mann's novel like 'Doctor Faustus' or by Marcel Proust's writing.
The challenge of Luchino Visconti was to apply a superb cinematography and a precise narrative method to a film that in nature deals with complex concepts.
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 Count don Luchino Visconti di Modrone - Purchase DVD Classics
Luchino Visconti's sumptuously decadent epic on the life of the 19th-century "Mad King of Bavaria" stars Helmut Berger in the title role.
Luchino Visconti's powerful drama stars Claudia Cardinale as a woman who travels back to her home town in Italy in order to attend a memorial ceremony for her Jewish father, who was killed in a concentration camp.
Heartfelt, controversial social drama by Luchino Visconti that follows a mother and her four sons as they move from rural Italy to the slums of Milan.
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 Telegraph | Entertainment | King of cinema or count of kitsch?
While the director Luchino Visconti was shooting his second film, La Terra Trema (1947), about penniless Sicilian fishermen fighting their oppressors, he befriended a young peasant, Ignazio Maccarrone, and took him home with him.
Although no one would challenge Visconti's craftsmanship and sense of spectacle, there is still little consensus on his status in the pantheon of cinema, or even on the merits of individual films.
Visconti himself, asked to sum up his own achievements, offered simply, "He was a good artisan, a good worker." Shortly we shall see if this was self-deprecating understatement or an accurate assessment.
www.telegraph.co.uk /arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/02/08/bfluch08.xml   (741 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | The decadent realist
Count Don Luchino Visconti di Modrone was born in Milan in 1906, into one of the most important aristocratic families in Italy.
Visconti discovered a love of costume and decor, to say nothing of broad symbolic values in action, and the society audience that preferred live events.
As such, Visconti is of the most enormous importance in that his story is that of theatrical or cinematic flair, a sense of reality and a love of actors turning slowly towards monstrous self-monument.
books.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,12084,894896,00.html   (1911 words)

 Luchino Visconti
By filming in the peasant fishing village of Acitrezza in southern Italy, and capturing the local dialect of the indigenous nonprofessional (and uncredited) actors, Luchino Visconti preserves the authenticity and universality of the story of human struggle.
Through the exploitation of the fishermen, Visconti parallels the chaos and uncertainty of social revolution with the deceptive and cruel nature of the sea.
Luchino Visconti provides a visually adept, insightful, and harshly realistic social commentary in Rocco and His Brothers.
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 The DVD Journal: Rocco and His Brothers
Visconti, born into wealth as Count don Luchino Visconti di Modrone in 1906 and passing away in 1976 after making about 17 films, was also a man of the theater who staged many operas, as well as the Italian debuts of plays by Williams, Miller, and others.
Visconti was a rich Marxist — not a contradictory mindset in Italy at the time — and was essentially a disciple of the theoretician Gramsci, who took a special interest in the economic and social consequences of migration from rural areas to heavily populated cities in Italy.
Visconti blends melodrama with a dose of neorealism in Rocco and His Brothers with its forays into confused sexual identities, fraternal jealousy, rape, and even murder within the context of a documentary-style appearance.
www.dvdjournal.com /reviews/r/roccoandhisbrothers.shtml   (768 words)

 Technorati Tag: luchinovisconti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
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Luchino Visconti, 1957 Criterion #296 Synopsis A chance encounter on a canal bridge results in a series of twilight rendezvous between a lonely city...
Luchino Visconti, 1948 Synopsis The second haunting film from director Luchino Visconti presents a wrenching study of a family struggling to find...
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 Visconti's Cinema of Twilight
Visconti's later career was devoted to the creation of a series of period movies including Senso (1954), The Leopard (Il Gattopardo, 1963) and Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia, 1971) that are still without parallel in terms of atmosphere, detail and sheer dramatic force.
Rather, Visconti pushed the cinematic creative envelope simply because the limits of film narrative were not big enough to contain the scope and complexity of his vision.
Visconti's late historical films feel as if they are part of the artistic wealth of another century, while remaining completely modern and even ahead of their time in their treatment of film narrative.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/01/18/visconti.html   (3368 words)

 Visconti Revisited Take 2: Luchino Visconti by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (Third edition, London: BFI, 2003)
Visconti's more general gay aesthetic is founded on such a parade of effeminate Aryan pretty boys (which first found full expression in the transvestitism of The Damned, a film Nowell-Smith places at the close of Visconti's “Second Period” of film-making (3)).
Visconti's work was eminently cinematic, attained a cinematicism – and herein was the power of the totality of his vision.
And perhaps it is this reactionary element in Visconti's work that has failed him; in the final analysis, he was on the “wrong” side – that is, he articulated from within the enemy's camp from the outset; spoke their language.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/books/03/27/visconti_bfi.html   (3451 words)

 BAM : Brooklyn Academy of Music
Visconti contrasts two key scenes in the film: a raucous and sexy dance hall number with a fairy-tale snowfall at the climax.
Visconti’s final film is marked by a departure from his epic style of filmmaking, as the film looks at the double standards for men and women in turn of the century Italy.
Visconti directs Silvana Mangano in this mediation on fame, as she hides in a hotel to escape the press, but can’t escape the criticism of the guests.
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 BBC - BBC Four Cinema - Death in Venice
Dirk Bogarde delivers one of his finest performances in Luchino Visconti's elegiac adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella.
Visconti presents him as a composer, believing he was in part based on Gustav Mahler.
Visconti's absolute determination to create a work of visual perfection mirrors Aschenbach's obsession.
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/cinema/features/death-in-venice.shtml   (416 words)

 Death In Venice
Visconti, predictably, emphasizes the visual aspects – showing the ubiquitous cautionary notices published by the unseen “authorities,” and it is not the smell of the disinfectant that affects us (although it does Aschenbach) so much as the splashing of it in milky spurts on walls and sidewalks and by the fountains.
It is typical of Visconti’s judgment in these matters that he should provide this perfectly fitting musical accompaniment for his leisurely tracking camera eye in the lounge.
As part of this continuity I would also mention Visconti’s deployment of flowers – love’s last emblem ironically is the rose Aschenbach wears at his death – and the “special participation” of Sylvana Mangano who is the loveliest substitute for the “well-preserved though somewhat tired and peaked” woman whom Mann pictures as Tadzio’s mother.
www.culturecourt.com /Scales/film/DVenice.htm   (5857 words)

 Knitting Circle Luchino Visconti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
He was born into an aristocratic family as one of the seven offspring of the Duke of Modrone and had a priviledged and pampered upbringing.
Helmut Berger was the last love of Luchino Visconti who cast him in his films The Damned, (1969), Ludwig, (1972), and Conversation Piece, (1974).
Part 4 Visconti and Germany: Visconti, Thomas Mann and two aspects of Europe; the job; the damned; death in Venice; Ludwig.
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 Amazon.ca: Death In Venice: DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In Visconti's intensely operatic The Damned (La Caduta degli dei, 1969), Bogarde played the scion of a German munitions manufacturer in Nazi Germany to brutal effect; in 1971, he and Visconti collaborated on one of the director's most disturbing films, Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia).
Luchino Visconti's 1971 film adaptation of Thomas Mann's novel "Death in Venice" is nothing short of a masterpiece in every sense of the word.
Based on Thomas Mann's famous novella, Luchino Visconti's DEATH IN VENICE is the account of a middle-aged man and his obsession with a teenage boy.
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 bfi | Features | Luchino Visconti
In 2003 the bfi presented a major celebration of the work of Luchino Visconti, an extraordinary film-maker whose work has had a considerable impact on world cinema.
Aristocrat and Marxist, master equally of harsh realism and sublime melodrama, Luchino Visconti was without question one of the greatest film directors of the mid-twentieth century.
Count Don Luchino Visconti Di Morone was born on 2 November 1906 in Milan, "as the curtain went up at La Scala"…
www.bfi.org.uk /features/visconti   (212 words)

 ITALIAN FILMS BY Luchino Visconti on video from THE NEW YORK FILM ANNEX
The trilogy never materialized; Instead, Visconti brought forth this gritty docudrama which focused on a family of Sicilian fishermen who hopelessly battle the elements, an oppressive social system and their own fates to earn a living.
Luchino Visconti's first film was this infamous, unauthorized, filming of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Gino, a handsome badboy drifter, and beautiful Giovanna, the desperately unhappy wife of an elderly and boorish innkeeper, enter into an affair and hatch a plot to kill the husband.
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 Barnes & Noble.com - The Leopard -- Luchino Visconti - DVD - Wide Screen
Luchino Visconti, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale
Arguably Luchino Visconti's best film and certainly the most personal of his historical epics, The Leopard chronicles the fortunes of Prince Fabrizio Salina and his family during the unification of Italy in the 1860s.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, published posthumously in 1958 and subsequently translated into all European languages, the picture opens as Salina (Burt Lancaster) learns that Garibaldi's troops have embarked in Sicily.
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 Movie Info for The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti on MSN Movies
Legendary Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti's life and remarkable cinematic achievements are investigated in depth in Adam Low's 2002 documentary produced by the BBC entitled The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti.
Born into Italian aristocracy in 1906, Visconti's life was one of discontented listlessness until he took a position on French director Jean Renoir's 1936 film Une Partie de Campagne.
The Life and Times of Count Luchino Visconti premiered at the 2002 London Film Festival in connection with a Visconti retrospective produced by the British Film Institute in 2003.
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 BBC - BBC Four Documentaries - Arena: Luchino Visconti
Count Luchino Visconti di Modrone is, with Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni, one of the greatest filmmakers in Italian cinema history and, in many critics opinion, the initiator of its most important movement - Neo-Realism.
Visconti towered over his contemporaries, not just because of his extraordinary skill as a director, but because of his powerful personality, and his equally revolutionary impact on Italian theatre and the previously moribund world of opera.
As well as clips from Visconti's films, the documentary includes interviews with Franco Zeffirelli, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale, Charlotte Rampling and other friends, relatives and collaborators.
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/documentaries/features/visconti.shtml   (169 words)

 Luchino Visconti @ Filmbug
With Gianni Puccini, Antonio Pietrangeli and Giuseppe De Santis he wrote the screenplay of his first film as a director: Ossessione (Obsession) (1943), a neorealist movie.
In 1948, he wrote and directed La terra trema (The Earth Trembles), from the novel I Malavoglia by Giovanni Verga.
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