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Luchino Visconti - White Nights (1957) (Size: 700.05 MB)
White Nights / Le Notti Bianche
Directed By : Luchino Visconti
Year : 1957
Language : Italian
Subtitles : English
File Name .............: Le Notti Bianche.avi
File Size (in bytes) ..: 733,984,768 bytes
Runtime (# of frames) .: 01:41:43 (146320 frames)
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Video Bitrate .........: 505 kb/s
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A chance encounter on a canal bridge results in a series of twilight rendezvous between a lonely city transplant (Marcello Mastroianni) and a sheltered woman (Maria Schell) haunted by a lover?s promise. Their hesitant courtship soon entangles both of them in a web of longing and self-delusion. Adapted from the Fyodor Dostoyevsky short story, director Luchino Visconti?s Le notti bianche?shot in ravishing black and white?is a romantic, shattering tale of the restlessness of dreamers.
Visconti\'s version of the Dostoievsky story - about the chance encounter of a couple as she is waiting in vain for her lover, and the obsessive, panic-stricken relationship which then develops between them - later filmed by Bresson as Four Nights of a Dreamer. Visconti traps his characters (three excellent performances) within a claustrophobic canal-side set, and the film is a series of brief walks, chases, attempted escapes, always frustrated. Shot as neo-realist high tragedy, the film offers its characters only one strange moment of escape from their night-time obsessions - a raucous, sexual, subversive scene in a dance-hall. Then the snow comes down, and with it a chilly desperation about the extent of human self-delusion. - CA
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