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|Also Known As:||Don Luchino Visconti Dimodrone||Died:||March 17, 1976|
|Born:||November 2, 1906||Cause of Death:||influenza and heart disease|
|Birth Place:||Italy||Profession:||Director ... director costume designer magazine editor set designer assistant director|
Luchino Visconti occupies a unique place in the history of world cinema; he is the most Italian of internationalists, the most operatic of realists, and the most aristocratic of Marxists. Although one of the progenitors of the Italian neorealist movement, Visconti, with his love of spectacle and historical panorama, would seem to have more in common with Orson Welles or even Erich von Stroheim than with Rossellini or De Sica. Directors as diverse as Bertolucci, Scorsese, Coppola and Fassbinder have named him as a major influence.
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