Discovering the Passionate Films of Luchino Visconti
White Nights (Le notti bianche)
Dostoevsky’s short story becomes a ravishing romantic reverie in incandescent black and white. Marcello Mastroianni is new in town and falls in love with Maria Schell amidst the fog-shrouded Tuscan canal city of Livorno.
Filmmaker Luchino Visconti wrote the male lead for Mastroianni in order to “help him enlarge the range of his movie characters.” The resulting tale of all-consuming love and loss is a swooning dream vision completed entirely on sets built inside the Rome studios of Cinecittà.