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LUCHINO VISCONTI: RESOLUTE MAESTRO

March at the Trylon

Italian director Luchino Visconti smoked 120 cigarettes a day, was openly gay when that was unacceptable, belonged to Italy’s Communist party, and created an uncategorizable cinematic legacy. Some of his films span decades, and others only hours. He shot in both black-and-white and Technicolor. He was a neorealist who went on to make epic, historically based dramas. But all of Visconti’s work has an operatic quality, as the three films in this series demonstrate.

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Upcoming Films in this Series

Starts Fri, March 2

THE LEOPARD

(1963, DCP, 165m, Italian with English subtitles) w/Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon. A dignified aristocrat (Lancaster) tries to defend his family’s position amid the political upheavals of 1860s Sicily. Ranked among the greatest of films, it is ideally experienced in a theater. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 7:30

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Starts Sun, March 4

LUDWIG

(1973, DCP, 238m, Italian with English subtitles) w/Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard. Berger superbly portrays the tormented King Ludwig of Bavaria, whose tragic reign lasted from 1864 to 1886. Originally released in truncated form, this film is now shown in a cut that restores Visconti’s masterwork to the screen. SUN 3:00 MON/TUES 7:00

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Starts Sun, March 11

LE NOTTI BIANCHE

(1957, DCP, 102m, Italian with English subtitles) w/Marcello Mastroianni, Maria Schell, Jean Marais. Gorgeously photographed amid the dreamlike bridges and alleyways of Livorno and based on Dostoevsky's novel White Nights, the film interweaves the past and present of Mario, Natalia, and a former lover whose return Natalia still awaits. SUN 3:00 MON/TUES 7:00 9:15

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