Italian film and theatre director, born 2.11.1906 in Milan, Italy to the family of Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone, Duke of Grazzano, as one of his 7 sons. In 1930’s, he becomes an assistant to the French film director Jean Renoir. He returns from Paris in 1940, and makes his debut feature film Obsession (1943) independently. With his third
film The Earth Will Tremble (1947, a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice IFF) he, along with Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica, became the founder of Italian neorealism.
He gained worldwide publicity with the film Rocco and His Brothers (1960, FIPRESCI award at the Venice IFF), it was followed by The Leopard (1963, Golden Palm at the Venice IFF), yet Death in Venice (1971, Cannes IFF, French Critics’ Award, a.o.) became the most critically acclaimed of his films.
LV became a nominee of the Academy Awards Oscar once – in the category Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced for the film The Damned (1969).
He has completed 20 films, directed 66 theatre staging’s, 20 operas and 2 ballets among them. Member of the jury at the 1956 Venice IFF, head of the jury at the 1969 Cannes IFF. Suffered his first insult during the shooting of Ludwig (1972). Made his last film The Innocent (based on a Gabriele d'Annunzio's novel) in 1976.
Died 17.03.1976 in Rome.
The museum dedicated to the Visconti's work is located in Ischia, Italy.