(out of 5)
Claudia Cardinale brings her American husband to her childhood home, a giant estate owned by her crumbling aristocratic family. There she is reunited with her brother (Jean Sorel), whom she hasn’t seen in a long time and who brings her back to a time in her life before she had anything as healthy as marriage in her life. Their mother lives in a private villa after suffering a nervous breakdown, her children continuing to believe that she was responsible for denouncing their Jewish father years ago and getting him killed by Nazis. This deeply introspective film by Luchino Visconti has much going for it, a probing theme and some gorgeously intricate cinematography. Some audiences will be frustrated by the stunted growth of the story though, as it focuses more on character conflict than actually developing the story to satisfying conclusion. Cardinale is stunning.
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi
Produced by Franco Cristaldi
Production Design by Mario Garbuglia
Costume Design by Bice Brichetto
Film Editing by Mario Serandrei