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Le Notti Bianche [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1957]

Release Date:07/12/2005
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    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 of Mastroianni and Schell
    • Original theatrical trailer
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • Plus: a new essay by film scholar Geoffrey Nowell-Smith


    Le Notti Bianche
    Shy young Marcelo Mastroianni ambles across a bridge one evening, where he meets a strange but alluring girl (Maria Schell) who is awaiting her lover. This chance acquaintance is the first strand in a complex web entrapping Mastroianni in a dreamlike world of flashbacks, flashforwards and false visions. The girl, suspecting that her lover is staying at a nearby hotel, asks Mastroianni to deliver a note to the errant swain. He agrees--then destroys the note, setting the plot in motion. Updated from a 19th century story by Dostoyevsky, White Nights (Le Notti Bianche) was later refilmed by Robert Bresson as Four Nights of a Dreamer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Marcello Mastroianni
      Marcello Mastroianni - Mario
    • Maria Schell
      Maria Schell - Natalia
    • Jean Marais
      Jean Marais - Lodger
    • Clara Calamai
      Clara Calamai - Prostitute
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      Alberto Carloni - Bar Proprietor

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