Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa...

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di Ludovico Visconti (1965, 100') The story starts with Sandra returning to her ancestral home in Italy - and reviving an intimate involvement with her brother which troubles her naive American husband - on the eve of an official ceremony commemorating the death of her Jewish father in a Nazi concentration camp. As ever with Visconti, he is ambivalently drawn to the decadent society he is ostensibly criticising; and Armando Nannuzzi's camera lovingly caresses the creaking old mansion, set in a landscape of crumbling ruins, where the incestuous siblings determine to wreak revenge on the mother and stepfather who supposedly denounced their father. Something like a Verdi opera without the music, the result may not quite achieve tragedy, but it looks marvellous.



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