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L'innocente 15 rating

Luchino Visconti's final film is a brilliant and disturbing drama set against the opulent backdrop of decadent, late 19th-century aristocracy.

Period drama 1976 130 mins

Director: Luchino Visconti


Luchino Visconti, the father of Neorealism, revisits the themes from his masterpiece The Leopard, in his final work of art. Driven by a powerful performance by Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale, Hannibal) whose displays hitherto uncharted monstrosity, L’Innocente is set against the opulent backdrop of late-19th-century aristocratic life and its hypocritical social conventions; telling the story of Tullio (Giannini) who, having left his wife (Laura Antonelli) for his latest mistress (Jennifer O'Neill), is seized by jealous fury when he discovers that his wife has also taken a lover. Outraged by this unsuspected audacity, he will do everything to reconquer her…

This epoch-closing masterpiece is the director’s last film – Visconti died on its completion – and is now presented from a new restoration that enhances Visconti’s celebrated, painterly cinematography.