Tuesday, November 02, 2021

6 Off My Head: Visconti's Stunning Menfolk

It's the 115th anniversary of the birth of Luchino Visconti, our problematic king -- the Italian aristocrat turned film director made some of my favorite movies of all-time, from his early Neo-realist masterpieces like La terra treme up through his baroquely crumbling critiques of the aristocratic bullshit he knew so intimately like The Leopard and The Damned. He made less than twenty movies but I have yet to see a single one I haven't found absolutely riveting. But even more importantly -- obviously! -- is the fact that he had one of the greatest eyes for male beauty we've ever been blessed the opportunity to share sight with, and his movies are feasts for those of us who appreciate such things. And so now that I have seen a majority of his movies -- not yet everything, but a majority! -- I feel safe in finally making this list...

The 6 Sexiest Men in Visconti Movies

Massimo Girotti in Ossessione (1943)
(see more here)

Helmut Berger in The Damned (1969)

Farley Granger in Senso (1954)
(see more here)

Antonio Arcidiacono in La terra trema (1948)
(see more here)

Renato Salvatori in Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Alain Delon in The Leopard (1963)
(And Alain also counts in Rocco too, obviously -- Alain in any movie he ever starred in, ever! -- but Alain with that black bandage over his eye is a personal kink!)


What are your faves?


Nick said...

Giancarlo Giannini in L'Innocente!

Jason Adams said...

Nick -- L'Innocente is one of the few remaining Visconti films I still haven't seen!

Nick said...

L’Innocente is on Mubi as of today and it’s one of my favorite Visconti films.

Shawny said...

I'll take Burt Lancaster in The Leopard, please...and then Renato Salvatori for the side piece.

NealB said...

Is The Damned available anywhere now?

Jason Adams said...

NealB -- No but Criterion just released it on bluray so maybe it will hit Criterion Channel sometime soon

Anonymous said...

Massimo Girotti is the hottest hunk ever.

Delon is too pretty. Too smooth. Too slim.

Anonymous said...

Jean Sorel in Sandra is *gorgeous* though he does come off as a poor man's Delon a little bit.

Jason Adams said...

Oh shit I can't believe I forgot about Jean Sorel! I have posted about that before even. I still haven't seen that movie but I have seen photos of him in it, for sure.

Astroboymn said...

Delon was absolutely gorgeous 'tis true, but he's a shitty human being in real life. Oh well! '