​Luchino Visconti

Luchino Visconti (*1906 – 1976) began his career as assistant to Jean Renoir in Paris. In the following years he and Roberto Rossellini joined the salotto of Vittorio Mussolini. Together with Gianni Puccini, Antonio Pietrangeli and Giuseppe De Santis, he wrote the scenario for the film “Obsession” (“Ossessione”, 1943), where he first served as director. His debut work is frequently regarded as the beginning of Italian Neorealism. In 1948 the film “The Earth Quakes” (“La Terra trema”) and in 1951 “Bellissima” appeared. His film “The Leopard” (“Il Gattopardo”) was awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1963. His later films include “Death in Venice” (“Morte a Venezia”, 1971), “Ludwig II” (1972) and “The Innocence” (“L’Innocente”, 1976).
Apart from his dedication to films, Luchino Visconti also served as stage director. For many years he worked with Rina Morelli and Paolo Stoppa. He staged plays at theaters, such as the Milan Scala, The Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House in London.