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Le Notti Bianche (1957)

Le notti bianche (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1961 (USA)
A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Fyodor Dostoevsky (novel) (as Fedor Dostoevskij), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Schell ... Natalia
Marcello Mastroianni ... Mario
Jean Marais ... L'inquilino
Marcella Rovena Marcella Rovena ... La padrona della pensione
Maria Zanoli Maria Zanoli ... La domestica (as Maria Zanolli)
Elena Fancera Elena Fancera ... La cassiera
Lanfranco Ceccarelli Lanfranco Ceccarelli ... Un coinvolto nella rissa (as Lanfranco Ceccarelli)
Angelo Galassi Angelo Galassi ... Un coinvolto nella rissa
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Un coinvolto nella rissa
Corrado Pani ... Un giovinastro
Dirk Sanders Dirk Sanders ... Il ballerino (as Dick Sanders)
Clara Calamai ... La prostituta
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Storyline

A love triangle, the past invades the present. Mario, a shy man new in Livorno, chats up a crying woman on a bridge. She's Natalia, waiting for a lover gone for a year who promised to return. For three nights, Mario accompanies Natalia, assists her, distracts her, dances with her. He falls in love with her. Can he pull Natalia into his arms, away from the past and from love for a man who will probably never return? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on the story by Feodor Dostoyevsky

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

"Notti bianche" in Italian translates to "white nights" in English. See more »

Quotes

Mario: I wish I could make you fall asleep, like the character in the fairy tale, who'll only wake up on the day she is to find happiness. I'll be like that for you too. One day you'll wake up and find that it's a lovely day. The sun will be shining and everything will be fresh and clean. What once seemed impossible will seem simple and natural. Don't you believe me? I'm sure of it. And it'll be soon. Perhaps even tomorrow.
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Scusami
Written by Biri (as Colombo), Walter Malgoni (as Malagodi) and Mario Perrone (as Perrone)
Orchestra conducted by M.stro Angelini
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Visual poetry
5 November 2007 | by HeadleyLamarrSee all my reviews

Mario (Marcello Mastroianni) is a introverted young man who is new in town (a fantastical Livorno created just for the film). He encounters a young woman Natalya (Maria Schell) who appears to be waiting on a bridge. He saves her from some hoodlums and they become acquaintances. Over the next 4 nights we hear the stories of Mario and Natalya and come to learn why Natalya waits day after day at the bridge. Mario falls completely in love with Natalya and (in a departure from the Dostoyevsky story) throws away the letter she asks him to deliver to her returned lover. Will Natalya reciprocate Mario's feelings for her or will she forever pine for her lost love? The familiar tale unfolds beautifully in Visconti's version and the combination of sets, haunting use of lighting and fog, the river, the rain and snow, the narrow streets makes this a treat for the senses.

The lead pair acted very well - Marcello was a heart-throb and Maria was beautifully vulnerable. Jean Marais as the tenant was a complete contrast to Mario the dreamer. He was earthy and big and solid.

The movie had many beautiful moments but I MUST mention the night club scene - Marcello's dance was an inspired mix of gauche and genius. This is a beautiful film, well worth a watch and a few repeats. The DVD has some great insights into the period and what went into making the film.


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