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Director Luchino Visconti

  • The Leopard [1963] The Leopard | DVD | (27/09/2004) from £5.99  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A 19th century Italian prince (Burt Lancaster) presides over the transition from his old world to a modern one where his class will no longer rule...

  • Ludwig [Blu-ray] [Region A & B] Ludwig | Blu Ray | (27/03/2017) from £19.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Ludwig. He loved women. He loved men. He lived as controversially as he ruled. But he did not care what the world thought. He was the world. A string of masterpieces behind him including Ossessione, Senso, The Leopard and Death in Venice the great Italian director Luchino Visconti turned his attentions to the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1972, resulting in an epic of 19th century decadence. Dominated by Helmut Berger (The Damned, The Bloodstained Butterfly) in the title role, Ludwig nevertheless manages to find room for an impressive cast list: Romy Schneider (reprising her Elisabeth of Austria characterisation from the Sissi trilogy), Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice), Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger), John Moulder-Brown (Deep End) and Trevor Howard (Brief Encounter) as Richard Wagner. As opulent as any of Visconti s epics Piero Tosi s costume design was nominated for an Academy Award Ludwig is presented here in its complete form in accordance with the director s wishes and features the English-language soundtrack for the first ever on home video. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: 2K restoration from the original film negative High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations Two viewing options: the full-length theatrical cut or as five individual parts Original Italian soundtrack with optional English subtitles Original English soundtrack available on home video for the first time ever with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand-new interview with actor Helmut Berger Luchino Visconti, an hour-long documentary portrait of the director by Carlo Lizzani (Wake Up and Kill, Requiescant) containing interviews with Burt Lancaster, Vittorio Gassman, Francesco Rosi, Claudia Cardinale and others Speaking with Suso Cecchi d'Amico, an interview with the screenwriter Silvana Mangano: The Scent Of A Primrose, a half-hour portrait of the actress Theatrical trailer FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet containing new writing by Peter Cowie

  • Death In Venice [1971] Death In Venice | DVD | (01/06/2006) from £5.45  |  Saving you £8.54 (61.00%)  |  RRP £13.99

    Luchino Visconti's adaptation of the Thomas Mann story Death in Venice is the very definition of sumptuous: the costumes and sets, the special geography of Venice, and the breathtaking cinematography combine to form a heady experience. At the centre of this gorgeousness is Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde in a meticulous performance), a controlled intellectual who unexpectedly finds himself obsessed by the vision of a 14-year-old boy while on a convalescent vacation in 1911. Visconti has turned Aschenbach into a composer, which accounts for the lush excerpts from Mahler on the soundtrack (Bogarde is meant to look like Mahler, too). Even if it tends to hit the nail on the head a little too forcefully, and even if Visconti can test one's patience with lingering looks at crowds at the beach and hotel dining rooms, Death in Venice creates a lushness rare in movies. --Robert Horton

  • Rocco and his brothers [Masters of Cinema] [1960] Rocco and his brothers | DVD | (25/02/2008) from £8.59  |  Saving you £14.40 (62.60%)  |  RRP £22.99

    From Luchino Visconti - the master director of such classics as La Terra Trema Bellissima and The Leopard - comes this epic study of family sex and betrayal. A widow Rosaria moves to the metropolis that is Milano from Lucania - Italy's rural south - with her 4 sons; one of whom is Rocco. The shock of the new is violent and immediate. A mother meddles. A whore beguiles. Brother faces brother.

  • The Innocent aka L Innocente (Blu-Ray) The Innocent aka L Innocente (Blu-Ray) | Blu Ray | (10/04/2017) from £8.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Visconti is one of World Cinema s greats, the multi-awarded Italian director literally created Neo-Realism with OBSESSION, his adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Visconti returns to the stunningly lavish 19th Century sets of his Cannes Winner, THE LEOPARD, in this, his last film; a deplorably overlooked brooding masterpiece... Presented here from restored HD materials, for the very 1st time doing justice to the film's cinematography, rich sets and story. Finishing where THE LEOPARD left off, we follow the disintegration of the aristocracy into moral decadence and sexual taboos, personified by a career-defining, powerhouse performance by Giannini (Mathis in Bonds CASINO ROYALE & QUANTUM OF SOLACE) whose antihero displays hitherto uncharted monstrosity. Giannini is the aristocrat who leaves his wife for his latest mistress Jennifer O'Neil, but his morbid need for domination makes him want his wife back when she becomes pregnant by another man...

  • The Witches [Blu-ray] The Witches | Blu Ray | (08/01/2018) from £14.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Witches In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch. Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian s Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano s estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books. Features: Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation Original Italian mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) Brand-new audio commentary by film critic and novelist Tim Lucas Interview with actor Ninetto Davoli, recorded exclusively for this release English-language version of Vittorio De Sica s episode, An Evening Like the Others, starring Clint Eastwood Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Pasquale Iannone and Kat Ellinger

  • Boccaccio 70 [DVD] Boccaccio 70 | DVD | (26/06/2017) from £7.19  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Inspired by The Decameron, World-Cinema greatests, Fellini, Visconti and De Sica lend their extraordinary talents to make these slice-of-life stories revolving around the sex games of the middle class. Working-class lovers marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous suitor make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, albeit not always successfully ! Extras: Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with Sophia Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others New HD material, finally doing justice to the filmmaker's original vision New improved subtitles Exclusive Documentary on Sophia Loren

  • Rocco and his Brothers (1961) [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray) Rocco and his Brothers (1961) (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (14/03/2016) from £9.99  |  Saving you £8.00 (44.50%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Eureka Entertainment to release Luchino Visconti's ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, the melodramatic 1960 masterpiece with an extraordinary cast, on Blu-ray for the first time in the world on 14 March 2016 From Luchino Visconti the master director of such classics as La terra trema, Bellissima, and The Leopard comes this epic study of family, sex, and betrayal. Alongside Fellini's La dolce vita and Antonioni's L'avventura, Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers ushered Italian cinema into a new era, one unafraid to confront head-on the hypocrisies of the ruling class, the squalor in urban living, and the collision between generations. When a tight-knit family moves from Italy's rural south to metropolitan Milan, the new possibilities - and threats - present in their fresh surroundings have alarming, unforeseen consequences. Operatically weaving the five brothers' stories across a vast canvas, with an extraordinary cast including Alain Delon, Annie Girardot and Claudia Cardinale, Rocco and His Brothers stands as one of the most majestic and influential works of its era. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present one of Visconti's most revered films for the first time in the world on Blu-ray. Special Features: Gorgeous high-definition 1080p presentation from a new 4k restoration Optional English subtitles Two audio choices; the original Italian, and the French dub Les coulisses du tournage, a 2003 French documentary about the film A 1999 interview with Visconti's cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno An interview with actress Claudia Cardinale A 2002 interview with actress Annie Girardot Luchino Visconti, an hour-long documentary about the life and work of Visconti Two vintage newsreels Original Italian trailer PLUS: A 40-PAGE BOOKLET featuring writing by Guido Aristarco, an essay written by the director in 1960, a vintage interview with Visconti and rare archival imagery. Click Images to Enlarge

  • The Damned [1969] The Damned | DVD | (24/05/2004) from £17.00  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £13.99

    In 1930s Germany a wealthy industrialist family struggles to maintain its status and influence in the face of the relentless rising tide of fascism. Divided by the rapidly changing social and economic climate the family members resort to blackmail sexual manipulation and murder in a desperate struggle for power and prestige.

  • Ossessione [1942] Ossessione | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £7.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A restless wife Giovanna meets Gino a rough and handsome vagabond. Their passionate affair leads to the murder of Giovanna's boorish husband. Can a strong and sensual affair survive the guilt? Adapted from the James M. Cain's classic novel 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' 'Ossessione' is a dark and provocative drama of sexual tension. It heralded a new era of Italian cinema establishing Luchino Visconti as a leading and controversial exponent of 'neo-realism'.

  • The Leopard [Blu-ray] [1963] The Leopard | Blu Ray | (21/06/2010) from £7.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Against a dramatic 19th century backdrop of radical Italian Nationalism Luchino Visconti's masterful epic The Leopard follows the Sicilian Prince of Salina and his family as they adjust to the social turbulence of revolutionary times. Burt Lancaster's formidable portrayal of the Prince is deftly supported by charged performances from the outstanding Alain Delon and incomparable Claudia Cardinale. Visconti's sumptuous evocation of an era - with beautiful photography design costumes and Nino Rota's rousing score - glitters with set pieces culminating in the acclaimed ballroom sequence as the film moves gracefully to its meditative climax. Presented complete and uncut this stunning High Definition transfer - from the original 70mm negatives - was overseen by the film's director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno and features fully restored picture and sound.

  • Boccaccio 70' (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] Boccaccio 70' (Blu Ray) | Blu Ray | (26/06/2017) from £8.69  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Inspired by The Decameron, World-Cinema greatests, Fellini, Visconti and De Sica lend their extraordinary talents to make these slice-of-life stories revolving around the sex games of the middle class. Working-class lovers marry but must hide it from her employer; plus, they need a room of their own. A billboard of Anita Ekberg provocatively selling milk gives a prudish crusader for public decency more than he can handle. The wife of a count whose escapades with call girls make the front page of the papers decides to work to prove her independence, but what is she qualified to do? A buxom carnival-booth manager who owes back taxes offers herself for one night in a lottery: a nerdy sacristan and a jealous suitor make for a lovers' triangle. In each, women take charge, albeit not always successfully ! Extras: Sophia, yesterday, today and tomorrow: a candid intimate interview with Sophia Loren with exclusive footage of her family, close friends and collaborators such as Woody Allen, Giorgio Armani and others New HD material, finally doing justice to the filmmaker's original vision New improved subtitles Exclusive Documentary on Sophia Loren

  • The Witches [DVD] The Witches | DVD | (08/01/2018) from £11.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    The Witches In the mid-sixties, famed producer Dino De Laurentiis brought together the talents of five celebrated Italian directors for an anthology film. Their brief was simple: to direct an episode in which Silvana Mangano (Bitter Rice, Ludwig) plays a witch. Luchino Visconti (Ossessione, Death in Venice) and screenwriter Cesare Zavattini (Bicycle Thieves) open the film with The Witch Burned Alive, about a famous actress and a drunken evening that leads to unpleasant revelations. Civic Sense is a lightly comic interlude from Mauro Bolognini (The Lady of the Camelias) with a dark conclusion, and The Earth as Seen from the Moon sees Italian comedy legend Totò team up with Pier Paolo Pasolini (Theorem) for the first time for a tale of matrimony and a red-headed father and son. Franco Rosso (The Woman in the Painting) concocts a story of revenge in The Sicilian s Wife, while Vittorio De Sica (Shoeshine) casts Clint Eastwood as Mangano s estranged husband in An Evening Like the Others, concluding The Witches with a stunning homage to Italian comic books. Features: Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release Standard Definition presentation Original Italian mono audio Brand-new audio commentary by film critic and novelist Tim Lucas Interview with actor Ninetto Davoli, recorded exclusively for this release English-language version of Vittorio De Sica s episode, An Evening Like the Others, starring Clint Eastwood Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys

  • La Terra Trema [1948] La Terra Trema | DVD | (05/05/2003) from £7.69  |  Saving you £12.30 (61.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Visconti's masterpiece of post-war Italian cinema is released on DVD to tie in with the British Film Institute's major retrospective of the director. This haunting and beautiful portrayal of the tough life led by Sicilian fishermen tells the story of the Valestro family's struggle to escape poverty by buying their own boat only to be exploited by unscrupulous businessmen. After the film's release the family publicly expressed their gratitude to Visconti for making their story known to the world.

  • Senso [1953] Senso | DVD | (09/07/2007) from £39.99  |  Saving you £-22.00 (-122.30%)  |  RRP £17.99

    Venice. 1866. After a night walking the empty streets of the ancient city together a countess (Alida Valli The Third Man) falls in love with an Austrian officer (Farley Granger Strangers on A Train) and becomes his mistress. War breaks out and separates them until she eventually finds him again in the throes of battle against the Italians. Betraying both her principles and her cause she tries to reform him with cruel and tragic consequences for them both.

  • Conversation Piece (1974) (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition Conversation Piece (1974) (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition | Blu Ray | (15/08/2016) from £9.69  |  Saving you £10.30 (51.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Eureka Entertainment to release Luchino Visconti's CONVERSATION PIECE, a heartfelt tale of loneliness and intimacy starring Burt Lancaster and an international ensemble cast, in a Dual Format edition as part of the Masters of Cinema Series on 15 August 2016. Eleven years after The Leopard, the revered Italian maestro Luchino Visconti reteamed with the iconic Burt Lancaster on the lavish Conversation Piece [Gruppo di famiglia in un interno]. A retired American professor (Lancaster) lives a solitary and luxurious life in a house in Rome. His world takes an unexpected turn when he is forced to rent part of his house to a countess and her companions: a lover, a daughter and the daughter's boyfriend. Forced into interaction with the unruly younger group, the professor's growing fascination begins to stir the possibilities of a life he had previously kept at arm's length. A sumptuous, grandly enjoyable chamber drama with a wry sense of humour, Conversation Piece features an international ensemble cast including Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano and Stefano Patrizi (with uncredited cameos by Claudia Cardinale and Dominique Sanda). The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Visconti's penultimate film in a new dual-format edition from a brand new 2K restoration. Click Images to Enlarge

  • Bellissima (Masters of Cinema) Bellissima (Masters of Cinema) | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £11.72  |  Saving you £8.27 (41.40%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When casting children's roles director Luchino Visconti (The Leopard; Death in Venice) is said to have been besieged by clamouring mothers each trying to attract his attention to their child with cries of ""Bellissima!"". In his film of the same name Visconti turned his experiences into art in the form of a satire on the motivations and machinations at work in the film industry with the famous Cinecitt studios as a backdrop. Maddalena (Anna Magnani) is a screenstruck mothe

  • Ludwig Ludwig | DVD | (19/06/2006) from £54.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Visconti's 1972 film is a lavish and operatic portrait of Ludwig II the `Mad King' of Bavaria. From his glittering coronation to his mysterious suicide Ludwig II (1845-86) epitomised the doomed nineteenth-century Romantic hero. A loner by nature he was tormented by his unrequited love for his cousin Empress Elisabeth of Austria who sensed his true sexual nature and fragile grip on reality. But as war raged around him Ludwig's sole obsession remained the visionary music of Ric

  • The Innocent aka L Innocente [DVD] The Innocent aka L Innocente | DVD | (10/04/2017) from £8.09  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Visconti is one of World Cinema s greats, the multi-awarded Italian director literally created Neo-Realism with OBSESSION, his adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Visconti returns to the stunningly lavish 19th Century sets of his Cannes Winner, THE LEOPARD, in this, his last film; a deplorably overlooked brooding masterpiece... Presented here from restored HD materials, for the very 1st time doing justice to the film's cinematography, rich sets and story. Finishing where THE LEOPARD left off, we follow the disintegration of the aristocracy into moral decadence and sexual taboos, personified by a career-defining, powerhouse performance by Giannini (Mathis in Bonds CASINO ROYALE & QUANTUM OF SOLACE) whose antihero displays hitherto uncharted monstrosity. Giannini is the aristocrat who leaves his wife for his latest mistress Jennifer O'Neil, but his morbid need for domination makes him want his wife back when she becomes pregnant by another man...

  • L'Innocente L'Innocente | DVD | (03/12/2012) from £17.95  |  Saving you £2.04 (10.20%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Visconti's vision of a decadent aristocratic society dazzles the eyes in sumptuous style... Giancarlo Gianni stars as Tullio a debauched unprincipled libertine who indulges in a series of affairs and finally leaves his wife for his sensual mistress. The melodrama unfolds and Tullio is caught in a web of deceit and burning passion.

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