The Anonymous Venetian (1970)

The Anonymous Venetian (1970)
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  • Genre: Drama
  • Release year: 1970 ()
  • Running time: 91 min
  • Original Title: Anonimo veneziano
  • Voted: 503

A Venetian musician at La Fenice theatre is affected by an incurable disease. By chance he meets his ex-wife who is now living with another man. She finally realizes that she is still in love with him.

1Florinda BolkanValeria
2Tony MusanteEnrico
3Toti Dal MonteHouse Owner
4Sandro GrinfanFactory Manager
  • Based on a thirty two year old memory. by 10

    A beautiful film that made a great impression on me at a very early age. Although basically it is a love story, it has many other emotions which are wonderfully portrayed by Florinda Balkan and Tony Musante. Apart from the story, the theme music haunted me for months if not years. The photography of Venice is superb and will be appreciated by anyone who has ever visited there.

  • A Melancholic and Beautiful Romance with a Marvelous Soundtrack by 8

    Enrico (Toni Musante) is a Venetian musician and maestro with a terminal disease, who invites his wife Valeria (Florinda Bolkan) to visit him in Venice without disclosing the reason for such invitation. Although still married, since there is no divorce in Italy, they have been living separated of each other for seven years. Valeria lives with their son and with her new mate, a wealthy industrial in Ferrara. When they meet each other, they walk along though Venice and recall their relationship since their first encounter, disclosing their intense love through flashbacks. Enrico lives a conflicting emotional moment of his life while recording the concert Anonimo Veneziano for oboe and strings.

    "Anonimo Veneziano" is a melancholic and beautiful romance, an elegy to a terminal man in a dying city. There is a parallel in the story between the healthy of Enrico and the decay of Venice. Although being from 1970, this movie has surprisingly resisted to time and remains absolutely updated. Even the costumes are not completely old fashioned, since they are classic and elegant. The marvelous soundtrack of Stelvio Cipriani is depressive but certainly one of the most beautiful in the cinema history. The first time I saw this movie was on 04 July 2003 in a VHS of poor quality of the sound (mono) and color. Now, on 15 August 2009, I have just watched again on DVD. My vote is eight.

    Title (Brazil): "An?nimo Veneziano" ("Anonymous Venetian")

    Note: On 15 Aug 2009 I saw this film again.

    Note: On 17 May 2012 I saw this film again.

    Note: On 06 Dec 2017 I saw this film again.

  • Great movie, pure 70's style by 10

    beautiful movie, amazing how the ugly present( filmed in the fall -a decaying, dying Venice) contrasts with a bright, happy, past( filmed in the summer). Musante and Bolkan are great, running the whole gamut of emotions from whispers to screams, from laughter to tears, from sarcasm and blunt wickedness to compassion and love. one more thing. the music. morbidly beautiful.

    don't see the English version, try to find the Italian one( both actors sound a lot more convincing in Italian-could be the accent). hopefully this can be digitally remastered, as the sound and the color really spoil the picture.

    If you liked this one, try also Bobby Deerfield, somewhat similar.

  • A gem by 10

    One of the most romantic films ever made and that still bears the pass of time despite some camera cliches of the 70's. Venice at its best is the setting for a poignant story of lovers parting for ever in a day's time. Sensitive and powerfully emotional, but never corny, with Musante and Bolkan as passional as you may wish lovers can be. A wonderful soundtrack and a beautiful cinematography help to make this film be a delight thirty-two years after it was made. Not to be missed.

  • Intimate chamber music a due voci with an appeal to eternity by 7

    One of those films which it almost hurts to see again, and still you can't see it many times enough. Already the second time you start crying from the beginning.

    It's a very simple story of only two people meeting, talking, quarreling, discussing, trying to come to terms with themselves and with a horrible destiny, that is the very epitome of injustice.

    I have never seen any of these actors before nor ever heard of the director. It's one of those unique masterpieces that appear suddenly in a flash of dazzling brightness - to never be repeated.

    As they talk and wander around Venice their story is gradually revealed by their natural talk and flashbacks, which amounts to a terrific build-up of tragedy that can leave no one unmoved.

    The beauty of the film becomes the more overwhelming for the enchantment of the Venetian environment and, above all, the music. After hearing only the first bars you'll remember it forever and always keep returning to it.

    Tony Musante makes the best of the musician trying to keep up appearances with a spotless facade at any cost no matter the total adversity, but the quiet inexpressibility of Florinda Bolkan is the more impressing for her supreme self control, as if she was constantly furious hiding the inner fire as well as a sleeping volcano. Her stone face is so serious, that when finally she reveals a smile it outshines the whole tragedy - together with the constant flashbacks of the supreme beauty and freshness of their youth.

    Strangely enough, Visconti's masterpiece "Death in Venice" was made almost simultaneously, both appeared in 1970, but this small gem totally outshines the more pretentious Visconti classic.

    It's like a short story by Chekhov comprising a universe of feelings and drama in a moment's brief revelation of the worst problems and complexities of human existence.

    You'll just melt and can say no more.

1Marcello Gatticinematographer
2Stelvio Ciprianicomposer
3Enrico Maria Salernodirector
4Mario Morraeditor
5Turi Vasileproducer
6Giuseppe Bertowriter