(aka "White Nights" )

 

directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy, France 1957

 

A chance encounter on a canal bridge results in a series of twilight rendezvous between a lonely city transplant (Marcello Mastroianni) and a sheltered woman (Maria Schell) haunted by a lover’s promise. Their hesitant courtship soon entangles both of them in a web of longing and self-delusion. Adapted from the Fyodor Dostoyevsky short story, director Luchino Visconti’s Le notti bianche—shot in ravishing black and white—is a romantic, shattering tale of the restlessness of dreamers.

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Theatrical Release: September 6th, 1957 - Venice Film Festival

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection #296 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:54:21 
Video 1.63:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: ? mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.63:1

Edition Details:

• Collection of interviews from 2003 featuring screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico, film critics Laura Delli Colli and Lino Miccichè, cinematographer Rotunno, and costume designer Piero Tosi
• New 115-minute recorded reading of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s short story, downloadable as an MP3 file
• Rare screen-test footage of Marcello Mastroianni and Maria Schell
• A new essay by film scholar Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
• Original theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: July 12th, 2005

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Comments:

In comparison to the Region 2- PAL Cristaldi release (reviewed HERE) - the Criterion seems on par with the fine image perhaps being slightly cropped on top and bottom, but maintaining the fine contrast and possibly appearing minutely sharper. The Cristaldi released may have some very minor contrast boosting.

Certainly this is an image though (and film) worth bragging over. Criterion have maintained the very dark atmosphere of the film and loaded their package up with some decent extras. I don't know too many who will listen to Dostoyevsky's short story (audio) but it is available if desired. The interviews and screen tests reels are quite enchanting seeing what a beauty Maria Schell was. Subtitles are excellent as is the original mono track - no complaints there. Overall this stands as another grand Criterion effort most worthy of owning and keeping. we recommend! out of  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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