L’INNOCENTE (Luchino Visconti, 1976)

From D’Annunzio, Luchino Visconti’s last film, The Innocent, is among his most restrained, elegant and powerful works. The protagonist is Tullio (Giancarlo Giannini, mugging—the film’s only weakness), an aristocrat in late nineteenth-century Italy who frankly discusses his mistress with wife Giuliana; he tells Giuliana his respect and brotherly affection have increased as his passion for […]

SINK OR SWIM (Su Friedrich, 1990)

I have just added the following entry to my list on this site of the 100 greatest English-language films. Paul Friedrich, anthropologist, poet, linguist, university professor, regarded daughter Su as a substitute for his adored sister, for whose childhood death he has (unnecessarily) blamed himself. We may infer from his cold withdrawal from this daughter’s […]