Le Notti Bianche (White Nights) 1957 Ages 15+

6.00PM Fri 7 Jun 2019 (1hr 37mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

White Nights will screen from an imported 35mm film print.

White Nights is a masterwork of visual beauty and sumptuous artifice. Based on a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Visconti transplants the tale from the streets of St Petersburg to the Tuscan canal city of Livorno, created on the sets of a Roman film studio. Visconti’s depiction of the cityscape embraces a mesmerising dreaminess that exposes both the allure of the streets and the licentious underbelly hidden from view.

Marcello Mastroianni plays Mario, a handsome flaneur who meets Natalia (Maria Schell) wandering the streets one winter evening. Natalia longs for a man with whom she had a fleeting romance and whose promise to return to her remains unfulfilled. Nevertheless, she and Mario share a melancholy flirtation over four nights that offers a chance for both of them to escape their own loneliness.

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 97 MINUTES, ITALY, ITALIAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: LUCHINO VISCONTI / SCRIPT: SUSO CECCHI D'AMICO, LUCHINO VISCONTI / BASED ON THE STORY BY FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GIUSEPPE ROTUNNO / EDITOR: MARIO SERANDREI / PROD CO: CINEMATOGRAFICA ASSOCIATI, INTERMONDIA FILMS, VIDES CINEMATOGRAFICA / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM