Sandra comes back to Volterra, in Tuscany, the little town where she spent her childhood. She is with her American husband, Andrew. She wishes to pay homage to her father who died in Auschwitz where she was still a little child. In Volterra, Andrew meets for the first time Gianni, Sandra’s brother.
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Visconti loves to set his films in a palazzo, even this post-Holocaust incest picture looks better in a palazzo. I think he grew up in a palazzo, too; Visconti was one of the ruling families of Italy. He is a direct descendant of the first Duke of Milan. The oldest Tarot deck in existence was created as a present for a marriage between the Visconti and Sforza families. His aristocracy permeates his ouevre. 4.6
Golden Lion in Venice. Admirable how the director, from an anecdote on the whole rather plain, manages to create a tragic atmosphere thanks to the musical background and the locations. Claudia Cardinale is imperial here. Highly recommended.
Kinda felt like a combo of an Italian version of a ''messed up rich people" story like Tennessee Williams wrote or one of Antonioni's films with Monica Vitti. Strange bridge between Visconti's neo-realist work and his later operatic period. Beautiful B&W cinematography.
I think this film is better understood as an adaptation of the Greek tragedy Electra. Visconti's no fool. He has CC walking around half naked. It's hard to be sympathetic to insanely beautiful people. Luckily, it turns out they're pathetic. The cinematography is also breathtakingly beautiful.