Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli: un progetto non realizzato di Luchino Visconti


  • Mauro Giori Università degli Studi di Milano


Parole chiave:

Bibbia, Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli, Luchino Visconti, Thomas Mann, Dino De Laurentiis, Christopher Fry


In 1963, Luchino Visconti signed a contract with producer Dino De Laurentiis to direct a film inspired
by the biblical story of Giuseppe and his brothers. Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli was meant to be a part of an
Italian colossal along with several other episodes to be directed by renowned artists such as Orson Welles
and Robert Bresson. Analysing letters and several versions of the screenplay never studied before, this essay t
race a thorough story of this project and explains the reasons of its failure. Even if Visconti accepted
De Laurentiis’s offer only to be sure that the producer would fund his adaptation of Camus’s The Stranger,
Giuseppe e i suoi fratelli interested him because it gave him a second chance to work on the monumental
version of Giuseppe’s story written by Thomas Mann. A few years before, Visconti had already written a
treatment for Rocco e i suoi fratelli under the influence of this beloved novel, but he had abandoned
every reference to it in the following development. Unfortunately, Christopher Fry, an American playwright
and screenwriter also involved in the biblical project, failed to understand Visconti’s predilection for
the novel and rejected any influence of the German writer. Despite Visconti’s efforts to find a compromise,
the director’s conception of the story (and of cinema as well) was too far from Fry’s one, as the three
different screenplays written by them for the project show in an unmistakable way, and the director was
dismissed by the producer without any notification.

Biografia autore

Mauro Giori, Università degli Studi di Milano

Mauro Giori, dottore di ricerca in Storia delle arti visive e dello spettacolo presso l’Università di Pisa,
collabora con gli insegnamenti di cinema dell’Università degli Studi di Milano. Si occupa di storia culturale
del cinema, e in particolare della rappresentazione delle identità di gender e della sessualità. È autore di
Alfred Hitchcock. Psyco (Torino, 2009), di Poetica e prassi della trasgressione in Luchino Visconti. 1935-1962
(Milano, 2011) e di Luchino Visconti. Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Torino, 2011).




Come citare

Giori, Mauro. 2011. «Giuseppe E I Suoi Fratelli: Un Progetto Non Realizzato Di Luchino Visconti». Altre Modernità, giugno, 136-44.



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