VALENTINE WEEK SPECIAL-4.
ITALIAN CLASSIC ROMANTIC..'WHITE NIGHTS'!
- Manoj Kulkarni
|Beautiful Maria Schell & Handsome Marcello Mastrolianni in film 'White Nights' (1957).|
|Italian Filmmaker Luchino Visconti.|
|Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky.|
Prominent Filmmaker who made 'Ossessione' (1943) the first film of Italian Neo-Realism..Luchino Visconti directed this romantic movie 'Le Notti BIanche' (White Nights/1957) which produced by Franco Cristaldi. For this Visconti took the basic plot of the classic story which Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote in 1848!
|Marcello Mastrolianni & Maria Schell in 'White Nights' (1957).|
In this young gentleman Mario meets lonely young woman Natalia who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. Then his attempts to win her heart ends on the return of her lover! Legendary Italian actor Marcello Mastrolianni & beautiful Austrian-Swiss actress Maria Schell intensely portrayed characters of Mario & Natalia..and French actor Jean Marais appeared as her (aged) lover! Among these artists Maria Schell's very natural performance of showing the passionate love through her disturbed expressions touched the heart!
|Marcello Mastrolianni, Jean Marais, Maria Schell..'White Nights' (1957) climax!|
For this Enzo Eusepi superbly developed the set with proper lighting. On that Cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno did excellent camera work in which he took the close ups for showing emotions of characters with required depth and especially the climax long shot capturing three characters in the one frame! In this Mario Serandrei's Editing achieved expected effects and Nino Rota's music contributed in changing the scenario & emotions of characters nicely!
I think this film is appropriate for honouring Promise Day in Valentine week!!
- Manoj Kulkarni
['Chitrasrushti', Pune, India]