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1,192 Ratings


Directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy, 1954


Venezia, spring of 1866, in the last days of the Austrian occupation. A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country and puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid and self-destructive love affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant.

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