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Sandra (film)

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa
File:Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa.jpg
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Written by Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Enrico Medioli
Luchino Visconti
Starring Michael Craig
Claudia Cardinale
Release date(s) 16 September 1965 (Italy)
16 January 1966 (U.S.)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa is a 1965 Italian film directed by Luchino Visconti. It was released as Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights) in the USA and as Of These Thousand Pleasures in the UK.

Plot

Visconti's retelling of the Electra story starts with Sandra/Electra (Claudia Cardinale) returning to her ancestral home in Italy - and reviving an intimate involvement with her brother (Sorel) which troubles her naive American husband (Michael Craig) - on the eve of an official ceremony commemorating the death of her Jewish father in a Nazi concentration camp. As ever with Visconti, he is ambivalently drawn to the decadent society he is ostensibly criticising; and Armando Nannuzzi's camera lovingly caresses the creaking old mansion, set in a landscape of crumbling ruins, where the incestuous siblings determine to wreak revenge on the mother (Bell) and stepfather (Ricci) who supposedly denounced their father.

The title, culled from the poem "Le ricordanze"[1] by Giacomo Leopardi, could be translated as 'Glimmering stars of the Great Bear', and has a strong resonance with the movie's plot:

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa, io non credea
Tornare ancor per uso a contemplarvi
Sul paterno giardino scintillanti,
E ragionar con voi dalle finestre
Di questo albergo ove abitai fanciullo,
E delle gioie mie vidi la fine.(...)

English translation:

Glimmering stars of the Great Bear,
I never thought I'd be back to see you
Shining down on my father's garden,
Nor talk to you ever again from the windows
Of this house where I spent my childhood
And saw the last of my happiness vanish.(...)

Cast

  • Claudia Cardinale ... Sandra Dawson
  • Jean Sorel ... Gianni Wald-Luzzati
  • Michael Craig ... Andrew Dawson
  • Renzo Ricci... Antonio Gilardini
  • Fred Williams ... Pietro Formari
  • Amalia Troiani... Fosca - maid
  • Marie Bell ... Sandra's mother
  • Vittorio Manfrino
  • Renato Moretti
  • Giovanni Rovini
  • Paola Piscini
  • Isacco Politi
  • Ferdinando Scarfiotti

Awards

The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

References

External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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