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Name: Luchino Visconti  
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Date of Birth: 2nd November 1906
Place of Birth: Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Profession: Director
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Luchino Visconti, Duke of Modrone (November 2, 1906 - March 17, 1976) was an Italian theatre and cinema director and writer.

Born into a noble and wealthy family, the Visconti (one of the richest of northern Italy), in Milan, at the age of 30 he went to Paris and began his filmmaking career as third assistant director in Jean Renoir's Une partie de campagne (1936), thanks to the intercession of a common friend, Coco Chanel. After a short tour to the U.S., where he visited Hollywood, he returned to Italy to be Renoir's assistant again, this time for La Tosca (1939), a production that was interrupted and later completed by German director Karl Koch because of the war.

Together with Roberto Rossellini, Visconti joined the salotto of Vittorio Mussolini (the son of Benito, at the time the national arbitrator for cinema and other arts) and here presumably met also Federico Fellini. With Gianni Puccini, Antonio Pietrangeli and Giuseppe De Santis he wrote the screenplay of his first film as a director: Ossessione (Obsession) (1943), the first neorealist movie.

Visconti was also a celebrated theatre director. During the years 1946-1960 he directed many performances of the Rina Morelli-Paolo Stoppa Company, with Vittorio Gassmann, and several operas, including a famous revival of Donizetti's Anna Bolena at La Scala in 1957 with Maria Callas.

In 1948, he wrote and directed La terra trema (The Earth Trembles), from the novel I Malavoglia by Giovanni Verga.

He died in Rome at age 69.

Selected filmography

  • Ossessione (1943) (based on James M. Cain's 1934 novel The Postman Always Rings Twice)
  • Giorni di Gloria (1945)
  • La Terra trema (1950)
  • Bellissima (1951)
  • Senso (Livia) (1954)
  • Le notti bianche (White Nights) (1957)
  • Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers) (1960)
  • Boccaccio '70 (1961) (based on Boccaccio's Decamerone)
  • Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) (1963) (based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel Il Gattopardo)
  • Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa (Sandra of a Thousand Delights) (1965)
  • Lo Straniero (1967)
  • La caduta degli dei (The Damned) (1969)
  • Morte a Venezia (Death in Venice) (1971) (based on Thomas Mann's novel)
  • Ludwig (1972)
  • Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (Conversation Piece) (1974)
  • L'Innocente (The Innocent) (1976)


  • Visconti bibliography (via UC Berkeley)

External link

  • Luchino Visconti Stills & Posters Gallery
    • from the British Film Institute, (gallery navigation is to the left).
  • Biography, filmography and more of Luchino Visconti. Most of the site is in Italian.

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