Rebecca Miller’s Adventures in Moviegoing
Le notti bianche
Directed by Luchino Visconti • 1957 • Italy
Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Maria Schell
Marcello Mastroianni, as a lonely city transplant, and Maria Schell, as a sheltered girl haunted by a lover’s promise, meet by chance on a canal bridge and begin a tentative romance that quickly entangles them in a web of longing and self-delusion. Luchino Visconti’s LE NOTTI BIANCHE, an exquisite adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s “White Nights,” translates this romantic, shattering tale of two restless souls into a ravishing black-and-white dream.
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