The Innocent (1976 film)

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The Innocent
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Produced by Giovanni Bertolucci
Written by Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Enrico Medioli
Luchino Visconti
Based on The Intruder by Gabriele d'Annunzio
Starring Giancarlo Giannini
Laura Antonelli
Jennifer O'Neill
Music by Franco Mannino
Cinematography Pasqualino De Santis
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Distributed by Analysis Film Releasing Corporation
Release date
18 May 1976 (Italy)
11 January 1979 (United States)
Running time
125 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Innocent (Italian: L'innocente) was the last film made by Italian director Luchino Visconti. Released in 1976, the film is based on the novel The Intruder by Gabriele d'Annunzio.[1] It was distributed in the U.S. by Analysis Film Releasing Corp.


The story is set in the late nineteenth century. Tullio Hermil (Giancarlo Giannini), a wealthy Roman aristocrat married to Giuliana (Laura Antonelli) lives his sexual life with a possessive aristocratic mistress (Jennifer O'Neill), Teresa. However, his interest in his wife Guliana is rekindled when he sees Guliana's happiness after she has begun a love affair with a novelist, Filippo d'Aborio. She becomes pregnant by him. Tullio urges an abortion. She refuses. d'Arborio dies of a tropical infection. Tullio cannot tolerate the healthy male child delivered to Giuliana, although he tries. While the family are at Christmas mass he exposes the baby and it dies, apparently of natural causes. Giuliana, who knows Tullio has murdered the baby, leaves him. Tullio attempts to rekindle his affair with Teresa and takes her to his town house. There they attempt to make love. When she tells him she no longer loves him he shoots himself in the heart and dies. Teresa picks up her belongings and leaves.


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  1. ^ "L'Innocent". Retrieved 2014-02-28. 

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