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.

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Director
Luchino Visconti
Released
1957
Language
Italian with English subtitles
Country
Italy
Running Time
101 minutes
Format
35mm, B/W