if any director can have you shaking your head in disbelief it is luchino visconti. it seems impossible to capture the amount of sheer beauty that this man does again and again. this director's sense of beauty is unsurpassed and he would heighten an already gorgeous scene by placing a perfect shade of turquoise vase on a table.
long before 'death in venice', this black and white gem was created. it is based on a story by dostoevsky and stars marcello mastroianni and maria schell. they are lovely. you will enter a fairy tale of love and prayer christened by snow.