Essential Cinema: Devil in the Garden: Films of Luchino Visconti


Directed by Luchino Visconti,

Italy, 1954, 1h 57min, DCP, In Italian with English subtitles

Essential Cinema  Devil in the Garden: Films of Luchino Visconti

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“One of the most beautiful Italian films ever made.” – Georges Sadoul

“One of Visconti’s greatest achievements.” The New York Times

Director Luchino Visconti perhaps never achieved more elegant heights than he does in this beautifully photographed pairing of 19th-century Italian aristocracy and the operatic grandeur of Bruckner and Verdi.


Born into a prominent family of Milanese aristocrats, Luchino Visconti had a rare perspective on social class and familial tradition that informs his work. His films, small at first, grew to operatic proportions as his career went on, with a thematic grandeur to equal their visual opulence. We are honored to present several new restorations of his films as part of this touring series.

Restored by Studiocanal, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata. Restoration funding provided by Gucci, The Film Foundation, and Comitato Italia 150.



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