Sunday, July 23, 2006

"I Want To Encourage Young Audiences Truly To Appreciate Past Masterpieces" -- Renaissance Artist Luchino Visconti (1906–1976)

Luchino Visconti and Suso Cecchi d'Amico, Renaissance Artists

July 21, 22, 23, and 29
August 2, 3, 5, 13, and 19
September 2 and 4, 2006

One of the most productive creative partnerships in film history was that of Italian screenwriter Suso Cecchi d'Amico (b. July 21, 1914) and [film, opera, and theatre] director Luchino Visconti (1906–1976). Not only were they close personal friends, but Cecchi d'Amico was also the principal writer for most of Visconti's films, as she understood the director's passion for historical detail. To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Luchino Visconti's birth as well as Suso Cecchi d'Amico's ninety-second birthday in July, five of their films are presented during July and August. An additional work by Visconti (not written by Cecchi d'Amico), Death in Venice, closes the series as a complement to Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting, sponsored by Bracco. Special thanks to Michele Giacalone, Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Washington, Luca Verdone, and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Cinecittà Holding for loaning restored 35 mm prints. Cinecittà Holding and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia — Cineteca Nazionale with the support of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali present the Luchino Visconti Retrospective.

Luchino Visconti

The Innocent (L'innocente)

The Leopard (Il gattopardo)


Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli)

Ludwig [Richard Wagner's Patron]

Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia)

(Details for each film.)

Still from Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli),
Luchino Visconti and Suso Cecchi d'Amico, 1960
Courtesy of Museum of Modern Art
Showing August 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Text and photo credit: ©2006 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. With thanks to NGA Film Curator Peggy Parsons and her staff.


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