Luchino Visconti: Articles

'Million Dollar Baby' Movie: Clint Eastwood Cliché-Ridden Boxing Melodrama

'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing […]

'Senso' Movie: Visconti Classic Stars Tragically Passionate Alida Valli

Senso with Alida Valli and Farley Granger. Critical consensus regards Luchino Visconti's Senso as a radical departure, a sign of the director's shift in focus from the gritty world of downtrodden proles (such as in his neorealist classics Ossessione and La Terra Trema) to a rather more exciting historical fantasy involving […]

Suso Cecchi D'Amico: 'Bicycle Thieves' Pioneering Woman Screenwriter

Suso Cecchi D'Amico, the only top female screenwriter in the post-World War II Italian cinema, died today in Rome. She had turned 96 on July 14. According to reports, no cause of death was given. Chiefly among Cecchi D'Amico's screenwriting contributions – nearly 120 of them – are those for […]

Artistic License: How Far Can It Go? The Robert Pattinson 'Libishomem' Nonsense

Artistic license in 'Breaking Dawn': Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart in Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (top); Robert Pattinson, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed in Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon (bottom). Does this man look like a “Libishomem” to you? In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, officially two […]

Luca Argentero & Matthew Macfadyen + Isabelle Huppert & Kate Beckinsale: Cannes Film Festival

Luca Argentero and Myriam Catania: Martin Scorsese party at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Luca Argentero and Myriam Catania: Martin Scorsese party at Cannes Film Festival Model and David di Donatello nominee Luca Argentero and actress Myriam Catania attend the Vanity Fair and Gucci party honoring Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin […]

Claudia Cardinale & Alain Delon + Meg Ryan & Pilar López de Ayala: Cannes Film Festival

Claudia Cardinale: Screen legend at Cannes Film Festival. Claudia Cardinale: 'The Leopard' premiere at Cannes Claudia Cardinale arrives at the premiere of the new restoration of Luchino Visconti's 1963 Palme d'Or winner The Leopard / Il Gattopardo, held at the Palais des Festivals on May 14, during the 2010 Cannes […]

Claudia Cardinale Remembers Luchino Visconti

At, there's a curious chat with screen legend Claudia Cardinale and French newcomer Alexandre Styker. Here's a brief quote from the piece: “'I would have liked to have worked with Visconti too,' the young man [Styker] continues to discuss his unrealised dreams. 'Of course,' Claudia replies, 'the man was […]

'White Nights' Movie: Luchino Visconti Un-Hollywood Love Story

'White Nights' with Maria Schell and Marcello Mastroianni. 'White Nights' movie review: Luchino Visconti's 'un-Hollywoodian tale of love' Adapted from Fyodor Dostoevsky's story of the same name, Luchino Visconti's 1957 drama White Nights / Le Notti bianche, winner of that year's Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, is not […]