Sandra (Vaghe Stella Dell'Orsa)

Rated NR 100 minutes 1965

In a modern retelling of the Greek tragedy of Electra and Orestes, Visconti's dark drama follows Sandra, a beautiful Italian Jew, as she returns from Geneva to her family home in Volterra, to unveil a monument to her father, who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp. She clashes with her brother and demented mother who heighten Sandra's guilt over being alive. Sandra struggles with issues of class, sexuality, religion, and nationality as she tries to understand her family's past. Typical of Visconti's work, he is ambivalently drawn to the decadent society he is ostensibly criticizing.

Film Credits

Director: Luchino Visconti

Writer: Suso Cecchi d'Amico and Enrico Medioli

Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Jean Sorel, Michael Craig, Renzo Ricci and Fred Williams

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