Oltrepassare la soglia della morale: delitto, giustizia, suicidio
L’innocente secondo Luchino Visconti
The essay is about the film L’innocente by Luchino Visconti based on the novel by Gabriele d’Annunzio (1892). Accused of immorality, the literary text, decisive for the work of the Italian writer and dramatist, narrates – in the movie – the story of Tullio Hermil, a refined but restless man with a marked sensuality, and his infidelity towards his submissive wife Giuliana who, after a short love story with the writer Arborio, gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby. After the baptism, the jealous and upset Tullio kills the baby exposing him to the elements of Christmas night. Oppressed by the remorse, he commits suicide by gunshot. This essay intends to compare the two texts according to the poetic horizon of the director Luchino Visconti in the light of his contradictory attraction/rejection relationship with the Vate.
Keywords: Luchino Visconti • L’innocente • Cinema • Gabriele d’Annunzio • Italian novel