Part of Weekend Classics.
In the last stages of the Risorgimento, the Austrians win the 1866 battle of Custoza, even as their empire crumbles, while Contessa Alida Valli (THE THIRD MAN) dallies with Austrian deserter Farley Granger, for whom she betrays her own Italian cause. With Visconti’s historical work—his first in color—dynamically coordinated to convey emotion and pivotal scenes underscored by Bruckner’s 7th Symphony, this was his decisive break with Neo-Realism, and despite dire production difficulties (his ideal leads, Ingrid Bergman and Marlon Brando were nixed, while a pivotal scene was censored by the Ministry of Defense). (Synopsis from Film Forum)
Restored by Studiocanal, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata. Restoration funding provided by Gucci, The Film Foundation, and Comitato Italia 150.
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