(Italy, 117 min., 1954)
With Alisa Valli and Massimo Girotti.
This film marks a new chapter in Visconti’s work as the first example of historical realism, presenting portraits of daily life in an extraordinary time. The film includes shots of the battle of Custoza, offering a new, non-conformist interpretation of the Risorgimento. It pays an unsurpassed tribute to Verdi with a perfectly orchestrated scene in which the actors received exemplary directing.
One hundred years after the birth of Luchino Visconti and 30 years after his death, the Istituto will present a series of the most important films made by the internationally acclaimed Milanese filmmaker, who is celebrated not only for his work in cinema but also for his work in theater with prose and lyric opera. Visconti first achieved his position at the forefront of Italy’s artistic landscape as one of the first exponents of refined neorealism. He lived a life consistent with the social and cultural choices he advocated at a time of profound change in Italian history.
In Italian with English subtitles. At the Istituto. Admission is free. For further information please call (415) 788-7142
Date: Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: At the Istituto
Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Added by catkisser on July 21, 2006