A Dostoyevsky tale of a lonely man’s love for a woman who despairs waiting for her betrothed to return after a year’s absence. Luchino Visconti creates a claustrophobic atmosphere, as he plumbs the depths of individual feelings divorced from any socio-political statement. Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell are remarkable as the man and woman.
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"Leone d'Argento" at the XVII Venice Film Festival. "Nastro d'Argento" (1958) for Mastroianni as leading actor.