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Meet Your Le Notti Bianche (1957) at the DVD Bridge at 10:00 PM

The Criterion Collection released Le Notti Bianche to DVD on July 12, 2005. Luchino Visconti directed the film starring Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, and Jean Marais.

‘Le Notti Bianche’ Criterion Synopsis

Marcello Mastroianni, as a lonely city transplant, and Maria Schell, as a sheltered girl haunted by a lover’s promise, meet by chance on a canal bridge and begin a tentative romance that quickly entangles them in a web of longing and self-delusion. Luchino Visconti’s Le notti bianche, an exquisite adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s “White Nights,” translates this romantic, shattering tale of two restless souls into a ravishing black-and-white dream.

Read the full summary, listen to our Golden Age of the Silver Screen review, and our Criterion Critics episode.

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno
  • A collection of interviews, from 2003, with screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico, film critics Laura Delli Colli and Lino Miccichè, cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, and costume designer Piero Tosi
  • New audio recording of Dostoyevsky’s “White Nights,” also downloadable as an MP3
  • Rare screen-test footage of Mastroianni and Schell
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Plus: a new essay by film scholar Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

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Rank Film Distributors of Italy released Le Notti Bianche on September 6, 1957. Luchino Visconti directed the film starring Maria Schell, Marcello Mastroianni, and Jean Marais.

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