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Luchino Visconti (1906 - 1976)

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'

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Director Luchino Visconti, Romy Schneider and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Director Luchino Visconti, Romy Schneider and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Luchino Visconti and Alain Delon on the set of Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Luchino Visconti and Alain Delon on the set of Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig directed by Luchino Visconti, 1972
Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig directed by Luchino Visconti, 1972
Director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Luchino Visconti on the set of Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon and Luchino Visconti on the set of Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Luchino Visconti and  Alain Delon on the set of  Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Luchino Visconti and Alain Delon on the set of Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Burt Lancaster, Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Luchino Visconti on the set of  Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Burt Lancaster, Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Luchino Visconti on the set of Il gattopardo directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963
Director Luchino Visconti and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Director Luchino Visconti and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Silvana Mangano and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Silvana Mangano and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Horst P. Horst, 1936
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Horst P. Horst, 1936
Björn Andrésen and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Björn Andrésen and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Björn Andrésen, Dirk Bogarde and Luchino Visconti, Cannes,  1971
Björn Andrésen, Dirk Bogarde and Luchino Visconti, Cannes, 1971
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Burt Lancaster with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Burt Lancaster with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Luchino Visconti and Burt Lancaster, Cannes, 1963
Luchino Visconti and Burt Lancaster, Cannes, 1963
On the set with Luchino Visconti, Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinal for Il gattopardo, 1963
On the set with Luchino Visconti, Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinal for Il gattopardo, 1963
Ingrid Thullin and director Luchino Visconti on the set of The damned, 1969
Ingrid Thullin and director Luchino Visconti on the set of The damned, 1969
Helmut Berger and Luchino Visconti, 1969
Helmut Berger and Luchino Visconti, 1969
Director Luchino Visconti on the set of  Il Gattopardo, 1963
Director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Helmut Berger, Florinda Bolkan and Luchino Visconti, 1970s
Helmut Berger, Florinda Bolkan and Luchino Visconti, 1970s
Director Luchino Visconti and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Director Luchino Visconti and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti in Milan during the rehearsal of Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, 1955
Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti in Milan during the rehearsal of Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, 1955
Luchino Visconti, Maria Callas and Antonino Votto for La Vestale by Gaspare Spontini, Teatro alla Scala, 1954
Luchino Visconti, Maria Callas and Antonino Votto for La Vestale by Gaspare Spontini, Teatro alla Scala, 1954
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Portrait of Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti, 1954
Portrait of Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti, 1954
On the set of Il Gattopardo, directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963. Photo by Angelo Frontoni
On the set of Il Gattopardo, directed by Luchino Visconti, 1963. Photo by Angelo Frontoni
Claudia Cardinale, director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Claudia Cardinale, director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Maria Callas, Leonard Bernstein and Luchino Visconti during the rehearsals of La Somnambula by Vincenzo Bellini, Milan, 1955
Maria Callas, Leonard Bernstein and Luchino Visconti during the rehearsals of La Somnambula by Vincenzo Bellini, Milan, 1955
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster and Director Luchino Visconti in Il gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon and Burt Lancaster and Director Luchino Visconti in Il gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon, director Luchino Visconti with Claudia Cardinale on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Alain Delon, director Luchino Visconti with Claudia Cardinale on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Maria Callas, Luchino Visconti and Leonard Bernstein during the rehearsals of La Somnambula by Vincenzo Bellini, Milan, 1955
Maria Callas, Luchino Visconti and Leonard Bernstein during the rehearsals of La Somnambula by Vincenzo Bellini, Milan, 1955
Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti during rehearsal of La Vestale by Gaspare Spontini, Teatro alla Scala, 1954. Photo by Erio Piccagliani
Maria Callas and Luchino Visconti during rehearsal of La Vestale by Gaspare Spontini, Teatro alla Scala, 1954. Photo by Erio Piccagliani
Director Luchino Visconti, Romy Schneider and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Director Luchino Visconti, Romy Schneider and Helmut Berger on the set of Ludwig, 1972
Luchino Viscont and Maria Callas, 1950s
Luchino Viscont and Maria Callas, 1950s
Director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Burt Lancaster with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Burt Lancaster with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Luchino Visconti and Maria Callas, Roma, 1958
Luchino Visconti and Maria Callas, Roma, 1958
Director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Director Luchino Visconti with Alain Delon on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Director Luchino Visconti, Serge Reggiani with Burt Lancaster on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Director Luchino Visconti, Serge Reggiani with Burt Lancaster on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Uberta and Luchino Visconti un the portrait of their mother by Arquani
Uberta and Luchino Visconti un the portrait of their mother by Arquani
Giancarlo Gianini, Luchino Visconti and Laura Antonelli on the set of L'innocente, 1976
Giancarlo Gianini, Luchino Visconti and Laura Antonelli on the set of L'innocente, 1976
Luchino Visconti and Giancarlo Gianini on the set of L'innocente, 1976
Luchino Visconti and Giancarlo Gianini on the set of L'innocente, 1976
Luchino Visconti and Laura Antonelli on the set of L'innocente, 1976
Luchino Visconti and Laura Antonelli on the set of L'innocente, 1976
Portrait of Luchino Visconti , 1960s
Portrait of Luchino Visconti , 1960s
Alain Delon On the set of Il Gattopardo with Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon On the set of Il Gattopardo with Luchino Visconti, 1963
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale with director Luchino Visconti  on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Angelo Frontoni
Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Angelo Frontoni
Alain Delon with director Luchino Visconti  on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Angelo Frontoni
Alain Delon with director Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963. Photo by Angelo Frontoni
Luchino Visconti  on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Luchino Visconti on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Horst P. Horst
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Horst P. Horst
Anna Magnani and Luchino Visconti, 1950s
Anna Magnani and Luchino Visconti, 1950s
Marcello Mastroianni and Luchino Visconti on the set of Lo strainer, 1967
Marcello Mastroianni and Luchino Visconti on the set of Lo strainer, 1967
Director Luchino Visconti with Burt Lancaster on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Director Luchino Visconti with Burt Lancaster on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Luchino Visconti, Helmut Berger and Romy Schneider on the set of Ludwig, 1972. Photo by Mario Tursi
Luchino Visconti, Helmut Berger and Romy Schneider on the set of Ludwig, 1972. Photo by Mario Tursi
Björn Andrésen and and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Björn Andrésen and and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Luchino Visconti and Romy Schneider on the set of Boccaccio '70 / l lavoro, 1962
Luchino Visconti and Romy Schneider on the set of Boccaccio '70 / l lavoro, 1962
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Dirk Bogarde and director Luchino Visconti on the set of Morte a Venezia, 1971
Luchino Visconti and Alida Valli on the set of Senso, 1954
Luchino Visconti and Alida Valli on the set of Senso, 1954
Luchino Visconti at La Colombaia to Forio d'Ischia, 1960s
Luchino Visconti at La Colombaia to Forio d'Ischia, 1960s
Anna Magnani and Luchino Visconti, 1950s
Anna Magnani and Luchino Visconti, 1950s
Björn Andrésen on the set of Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Björn Andrésen on the set of Morte a Venezia directed by Luchino Visconti, 1971
Luchino Visconti, Rina Morelli and Paolo Stoppa during The Leopard press conference, Rome, 1962. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Luchino Visconti, Rina Morelli and Paolo Stoppa during The Leopard press conference, Rome, 1962. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Director Luchino Visconti with Lucilla Morlacchi on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Director Luchino Visconti with Lucilla Morlacchi on the set of Il Gattopardo, 1963
Burt Lancaster and Luchino Visconti during The Leopard press conference, 1962. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Burt Lancaster and Luchino Visconti during The Leopard press conference, 1962. Photo by Giovan Battista Poletto
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1920s
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1920s
Donna Carla avec Luigi, Anna, Guido, Edoardo, Luchino Visconti, château de Grazzano 1911
Donna Carla avec Luigi, Anna, Guido, Edoardo, Luchino Visconti, château de Grazzano 1911
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1938
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1938
Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale and Jean Sorel at the premiere of Sandra, 1965
Luchino Visconti, Claudia Cardinale and Jean Sorel at the premiere of Sandra, 1965
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Richard Avedon, 1950s
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Richard Avedon, 1950s
Luchino Visconti and Tennessee Williams 1949
Luchino Visconti and Tennessee Williams 1949
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Ugo Mulas, 1969
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Ugo Mulas, 1969
Luchino Visconti and Burt Lancaster, Cannes, 1963
Luchino Visconti and Burt Lancaster, Cannes, 1963
Luchino Visconti and Coco Chanel, 1960s
Luchino Visconti and Coco Chanel, 1960s
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Jean Claude Pierdet, 1963
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Jean Claude Pierdet, 1963
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1960s
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1960s
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Jean Claude Pierdet, 1963
Portrait of Luchino Visconti by Jean Claude Pierdet, 1963
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1960s
Portrait of Luchino Visconti, 1960s
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