Brought up in a wealthy and aristocratic Italian family, Luchino Visconti embraced an artistic career and first collaborated with the French film director Jean Renoir. Desiring to change the aesthetic of Italian films, he decided to show on screen, in a realistic way, the everyday dramas of life. He therefore created his first film Obsession, in 1942 followed by other realist dramas such as The Earth Shakes, in 1948 and Bellissima, in 1951 starring Anna Magnani while he stages various theatrical productions and operas. From the mid 1950s, he dares to create more dramatic and majestic pieces, far from the neo-realist concepts such as Senso, the legendary The Leopard, the violent Rocco and his Brothers as well as Death in Venice that deliver his trademark style that analyses the complex psychology of ambiguous characters and their decline. Fueled by his family environment and the figure of his controversial yet flamboyant homosexual father as well as his graceful fascist mother, Luchino Visconti depicted a decaying Italy, mixing History with his own personal story: 'I'd rather tell losses, describes solitary souls, fates crushed by reality. Maybe my films hide another: my real film ever made about yesterdays and today's Visconti'