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The Innocent (L'innocente)1979

The Innocent (L'innocente) (1979)



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Gabrielle d'Annunzio's passionate novel is brought to life in the final masterpiece from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti. In late-nineteenth century Italy, Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini), an insatiable aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Laura Antonelli) and neglects her for his more exciting mistress, the wealthy widow Countess Teresa Raffo (Jennifer O'Neill). After learning that Giuliana is having a torrid affair of her own, he becomes tormented by her infidelity and descends into madness.

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Jennifer O'Neill
as Teresa Raffo
Rina Morelli
as Tullio's Mother
Didier Haudepin
as Federico Hermil
Marie Dubois
as The Princess
Roberta Paladini
as Miss Elviretta
Claude Mann
as The Prince
Marc Porel
as Filippo d'Arborio
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Critic Reviews for The Innocent (L'innocente)

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Nothing in the film quite fulfils the promise of the opening moment... But L'Innocente is nevertheless a remarkable film.

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Visconti's last film (completed in 1976 shortly before his death) and among the most beautiful and severely disciplined films he has ever made.

February 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The Innocent is classy but droopy, definitely the sort of art movie to avoid after a long hard day. Despite a story destined to take hideously melodramatic turns, the movie remains sedate and formal.

February 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The Innocent is a beautifully made melodrama, whose elaborate and operatic moral dilemmas turn on issues that are curiosities today.

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Visconti's last film strikes me as arguably the greatest of his late works apart from The Leopard -- a withering autocritique of masculine vanity and self-delusion.

February 13, 2020 | Full Review…

The film resolves itself into an almost painfully sincere meditation on masculine self-delusion. It has a great performance from Laura Antonelli as the wife, and excellent ones from Giannini and Jennifer O'Neill as husband and lover.

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Audience Reviews for The Innocent (L'innocente)


Visconti's opera out of control...Loosened strings and the damage is catastrophic.If only it were in the middle of his creative period,we would be placing it amongst gigantic films like Ludwig.An artistic exuberance nonetheless reaping the inner personalities of the protagonists.The eye-candy costume/art direction representation is a wondrous contrast to the filth of aristocracy.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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"L'Innocente" is a methodically plotted film whose sumptuous visuals belie the inner decay occurring amongst the aristocracy in 19th century Italy. In creating this world of endless formalities, functions and fencing, director Luchino Visconti may have succeeded too well as the story stagnates before slowly building to its unforgettable climax and finale. At the center of this world are Tullio(Giancarlo Giannini) and Giuliana(Laura Antonelli) Hermil, trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience. He is obsessed with his mistress Teresa(Jennifer O'Neill) who spurns him at a party for the company of Count Egano(Massimo Girotti).

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Life's rich tapestry ~ Visconti is THE visual master. This decadent, fin de siecle oevre is not only a farewell to the aristocracy, but to Visconti's own life. Giancarlo Giannini gives a strong, visceral performance as a Nietzchean superman, living beyond good and evil. Laura Antonelli offers a subtle and nuanced performance. This would have been a five star film had Visconti been able to complete editing before his death.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

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