Great mix of Italian neo-realism & American pulp. Its interesting to see the Italian directors who are known for later more stylized films work in the neo-realist style in their early work (Visconti &this film, Pasolini &MAMA ROMA, Antonioni &IL GRIDO). The films are neo-realist but not as "purely" as, say... BICYCLE THIEF because theres always an undercurrent of their later style sneaking out somewhere.
a perfect mix of pre-neorealism with a touch of noir, it's a cocktail to get the italian cinema started again after fascism.
having priests perform exorcism after the screening of your movie, now that's what I call real #lifegoals
After disliking 'The Leopard' this was a neat surprise. For the first hour this boasts some incredible magnetism in its casual sex and homosexual elements, giving it a charged noir sense of excitement. Then it drops the excitement in favour of neorealist psychological depth. Visconti's work behind the camera is my favourite of his films I've seen. This lasted about 1/2 hr too long IMO, but an impressive debut.
i'm not sure what it is, but girotti & calamai have some of the best screen chemistry in history, if not the best.
Also, one of Fassbinder's favorite films was Visconti's 'The Damned', and I feel like this is a really Fassbinder-like film. Wonder what it would have been like if RWF had remade it.
Fondamentale film di Visconti,vero spartiacque del cinema italiano.Capostipite del Neorealismo,è un film che stupisce per l'incredibile maturità messa dal regista nel suo compimento:piani-sequenza inseriti ottimamente,primi piani intensi che esprimono passione ed erotismo(raro davvero nel 1943) e scene dosate grandiosamente,con pochissimi tempi morti(forse solo quello della ballerina).Visconti si presenta così.4*