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

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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
  • Image coming soon
    Alberto Carloni - Bar Proprietor

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