It's like a long walk in a museum, the production design being gorgeous. Even if I find the last scene between Giannini and O'Neill too long, the film is, in my opinion, a great introduction to both late XIXth century Italian literature and Visconti filmography. Highly recommended.
seen on amazing 35 print. to see the operatic spectacle of lords and their angst;to first present this world in an objective framing, so after we can dwelve in a game of close-ups, in which their opulence and secured mannerisms are ruptured by a state of self-interrogation that sexuality brings; to show us the most intrinsec desires only through close-ups, but show us their outer life of pretense in long shot
A beautiful final film from the master of ornate-yet-stoic emotions. Visconti is one of the under-appreciated movie geniuses, perhaps because his uniqueness is so old-fashioned. I think he's most fresh precisely when he's most mannered.
Visconti abandonne ses démons intérieurs, et en particulier l'homosexualité, pour revenir à son style premier. Il nous offre un mélodrame inspiré d'un d'Annunzio égocentrique qui tente de solutionner son destin, par le meurtre de son enfant...
3.5 stars. I remember liking L'Innocente" when it first came out. Already a Visconti fan, especially of his "risorgimento" films, I thought this was a beautiful addition to his period movies. The two women are wonderful to observe. I'd forgotten the beauty of Jennifer O'Neill and the sensuality of Laura Antonelli.