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L'Innocente (1976)

L'innocente (original title)
Tullio Hermil is a chauvinist aristocrat who flaunts his mistress to his wife, but when he believes she has been unfaithful he becomes enamored of her again.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Gabriele D'Annunzio (novel), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Giannini ... Tullio Hermil
Laura Antonelli ... Giuliana Hermil
Jennifer O'Neill ... Teresa Raffo
Rina Morelli ... Tullio's Mother
Massimo Girotti ... Count Stefano Egano
Didier Haudepin Didier Haudepin ... Federico Hermil
Marie Dubois ... The Princess
Roberta Paladini ... Miss Elviretta
Claude Mann ... The Prince
Marc Porel ... Filippo d'Arborio
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent
Elvira Cortese Elvira Cortese
Siria Betti Siria Betti
Enzo Musumeci Greco Enzo Musumeci Greco ... Maestro d'armi
Alessandra Vazzoler Alessandra Vazzoler
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Storyline

Luchino Visconti's last film based on a novella by Gabrielle d'Annunzio is a haunting account of aristocratic chauvinism and sexual double standards in turn of the century Italy. Giannini as the psichotic husband whose lust cannot be satisfied. Antonelli as his sensitive and tormented wife and O'Neil as cunning possesive mistress. Written by Alex Asp <aspalex@netvision.net.il>

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Visconti's Sensual Epic of a Diabolical Marriage See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Innocent See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,430,709
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cosmovision)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Luchino Visconti had tried to secure Julie Christie's services for the Laura Antonelli part. See more »

Quotes

Giuliana Hermil: It's too luxurious.
Tullio Hermil: [Pontificating] Peasants always like to see their masters well-dressed.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are shown over the novel "L'innocente". A man's hand is turning the pages of the book. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Am Self Sufficient (1976) See more »

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Berecuse
Music by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Franco Mannino, pianoforte
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Literary origins of a cinematic masterpiece
5 October 2006 | by msantayanaSee all my reviews

I saw "L' Innocent" in the mid-eighties, at at time when I was discovering a lot of Visconti's films from his last period ("Death in Venice"--my favorite--, "The Damned," and "Conversation Piece") It made a very favorable impression then; but I do agree with the viewer who dwelt on the languid pace of the film, highlighted by the sensuous musical score. What saddens me is that not one of the viewers commenting on the film --I have little to add regarding the plot, and am trying to avoid spoilers-has remarked that it is based on a novel by Gabriele D'Annunzio (né Gaetano Raspagnetta), the most popular and yet one of the most aristocratic "fin-de-siecle" writers in turn-of-the century Italy. Visconti, the majority of whose films are based on European 19th and 20th century novels, was extremely faithful to D'Annunzio' book, down to the morbidest details. D'Annunzio was a sensual man and what was regarded in his day as a "decadent" poet and novelist. His scenarios were usually luxurious, his characters were often relentless pleasure-seekers, albeit dissatisfied in their passionate search for the ultimate fulfillment of the senses. Tullio, the character so intensely played by Giancarlo Giannini, is a would-be Nietschean "superman", beyond good and evil, as "L'Innocent'(the novel) was inspired by the Italian poet's readings of the German philosopher.

Despite the slow pace of the film, I believe "L'Innocent' to be one of its director's most characteristic achievements. The glowing beauty of its female stars (fragile, yet alluring Jennifer O'Neill and earthy Laura Antonelli)and Giancarlo Giannini's seething intensity alone make this movie a worthwhile experience for cinema lovers who favor art over technology and substance over mindless, noisy violence.


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