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Luchino Visconti's controversial 1974 feature was originally hooted off the screen at that year's New York film festival, perhaps because the audience felt ill-prepared to cope with its frank homoeroticism, though many friends I respect insist it's one of the best of his late features. Burt Lancaster plays an aging professor who becomes involved with the entourage of a wealthy woman (Silvano Mangano), including her young lover (Helmut Berger in the “angel of death” part). It almost certainly warrants a look. In Italian with subtitles. 121 min.

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