DVD Release: Luchino Visconti: Four Films

DVD Release Date: Dec. 11, 2012
Price: DVD $49.98
Studio: Entertainment One


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Helmut Berger and Romy Schneider star in Visconti's 1972 epic Ludwig.

Luchino Visconti: Four Films is a five-disc collection that spotlights a quartet of the great Italian filmmaker’s works that span nearly three decades.

Through an impressive and highly acclaimed canon, Luchino Visconti (Senso, Conversation Piece) contributed significantly to the post-World War II revolution in Italian filmmaking, earned him the title of “Father of Neorealism” in the process.

The collection’s four films include the following:

La Terra Trema (1948): This a haunting film uses the early neorealism format developed by Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica to trace the doom and disintegration of one Sicilian fishing family. Winner of the International Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, the movie was a New York Times Critic’s Pick when it ran theatrically in 1965,

Bellissima (1951): Anna Magnani and Walter Chiari star in this film about a  screenstruck mother who’s convinced that her daughter’s star potential is her ticket to a better life, prompting her to invest everything into the dream that she will be discovered at an open casting call.

Ludwig (1972): Featuring international stars Helmut Berger and Romy Schneider, Visconti’s epic about the notorious 19th-century King Ludwig II of Bavaria—Bavaria’s last king—covers everything from his glittering coronation to his mysterious suicide.

L’Innocente (1976): This Cannes Film Festival selection starring Giancarlo Giannini, Jennifer O’Neill and the beautiful Laura Antonelli tells the tale of a man leading a privileged life of money, notoriety and sex who realizes he cannot have it all.

 

All the films in the collection have been previously issued on DVD over the years, but never together in one set.

 

There are no bonus features in the collection.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.