Sight and Sound - 03/01/1978
"...A remarkable film....A triumph of décor..."
New York Times - 01/12/1979
"...Among the most beautiful and severely disciplined films [Visconti] has ever made....A film of effortless command..."
USA Today - 08/23/1991
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2005
"Visconti's final film is also one of his best. Wondrously shot by Pasqualino De Santis, it perfectly captures the splendour and decadence of 19th-century Italian society."
In this, his final film, Visconti delicately paints a lavish tragedy about a wealthy Sicilian whose neglected wife takes revenge on him. An erotic and passionate epic based on the novel by Gabriele D'Annunzio.
Description by Koch Entertainment Distribution:
In 19th century Italy, Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini), a wealthy aristocrat, grows bored with his timid wife Giuliana (Laura Antonelli) and neglects her for his more exciting mistress (Jennifer O'Neill). After learning that his wife is having a torrid affair of her own, he is tormented by her infidelity and commits a cruel and horrifying act. Luchino Visconti's last film based on a novel by Gabrielle d'Annunzio.