Maestro! The Films of Luchino Visconti

The Innocent


Luchino ViscontiItaly / France124 minutes1976RColourItalian

Aug 12
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Based on a D'Annunzio novel, il maestro's last film is as rich a final testament as one would expect from him: "a resplendent homage to the beauties he remembered and loved so well" (David Denby). Incendiary in its eroticism, operatic in its fin-de-siècle opulence, The Innocent focuses on an arrogant aristocrat (Giancarlo Giannini) who finds his love for his wife (Laura Antonelli) rekindled when he discovers that she is pregnant by another man. Rivalling Death in Venice and Conversation Piece as Visconti's most death-haunted work, The Innocent is "among the most beautiful and severely disciplined films Visconti has ever made.... [It is] a fitting coda to the Visconti career, a film of effortless command in which the director's presence is everywhere felt" (Vincent Canby, The New York Times).