Monday, December 15
Starring MASSIMO GIROTTI and CLARA CALAMAI
(1943, Luchino Visconti) Cain’s Postman, Italian-style: amid the barren landscapes of the Po Valley, drifter Massimo Girotti conspires with lover Clara Calamai to murder her husband. Visconti’s first feature is widely considered the first true work of Italian Neo-Realism and by design an earthquake in Italian filmmaking. Approx. 140 min. 35mm.
“Visconti's realist style makes you practically feel the heat and dirt and sweat of the film's environment.”
– Robert Firsching, The New York Times
“[Although] often described as the harbinger of neo-realism, THE PICTORIAL BEAUTY IS PURE VISCONTI, while the bleak view of sexual passion poaches on authentic noir territory.”
– Sheila Johnston, Time Out (London)