White Nights (1957)

Dir. Luchino Visconti

Based on a story by Dostoyevsky, the dreamlike tale follows a meek and lonely clerk (a terrific performance by Marcello Mastroianni) and his attempts to win the love of a woman (Maria Schell) who visits a bridge every night awaiting the return of her lover, a long absent sailor. A moving fantasy, shot on artificial sets that’s more in tune with Fellini than something you’d expect from neo-realist Visconti.

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