The Stranger (Lo straniero) (1967)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France/Algeria, 1967.  Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica, Master Film, Marianne Productions, Casbah Film.  Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Georges Conchon, Luchino Visconti, script revisions by Emmanuel Roblès, based on the novel by Albert Camus.  Cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.  Produced by Alfredo De Laurentiis.  Music by Piero Piccioni.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Piero … More The Stranger (Lo straniero) (1967)

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Ludwig

BBB (out of 5) The life of the Bavarian prince who died at 40 after barely twenty years on the throne is covered in this four hour period epic by Luchino Visconti, the film he has making when he had the stroke that would contribute to his death four years later. Helmut Berger in capes is a … More Ludwig

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Conversation Piece (Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno) (1974)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Italy/France, 1974.  Rusconi Film, Gaumont International.  Story by Enrico Medioli, Screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti.  Cinematography by Pasqualino de Santis.  Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci.  Music by Franco Mannino.  Production Design by Mario Garbuglia.  Costume Design by Piero Tosi.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.   Burt Lancaster is a retired professor and art … More Conversation Piece (Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno) (1974)

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The Organizer (The Organiser) (The Strikers) (I Compagni)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Radical professor on the lam Marcello Mastroianni shows up in Turin in the late 1800s, a city on the verge of revolution. The exploited factory employees are tired of working 14 hour days with only a 30 minute lunch break and are determined to do something about it, but because of their … More The Organizer (The Organiser) (The Strikers) (I Compagni)

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Death In Venice (Morte A Venezia) (1971)

LUCHINO VISCONTI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  Italy/France, 1971.  Alfa Cinematografica, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco, based on the story by Thomas Mann.  Cinematography by Pasqualino de Santis.  Produced by Luchino Visconti.  Production Design by Ferdinando Scarfiotti.  Costume Design by Piero Tosi.  Film Editing by Ruggero Mastroianni.  Academy Awards 1971.  Cannes Film Festival 1971.  Luchino Visconti applies his obsessively … More Death In Venice (Morte A Venezia) (1971)

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Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto)

BBBB (out of 5) No one made political films like Elio Petri, and this excellent drama is one of his hottest button-pushers.  Gian Maria Volonté is electrifying as a policeman who commits a murder and then heads up the investigation to solve the crime, leaving behind obvious clues that lead to his guilt. What he ends … More Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto)

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