Venice. 1866. After a night walking the empty streets of the ancient city together, a countess (Valli, The Third Man) falls in love with an Austrian officer (Granger, Strangers on a Train) and becomes his mistress. War breaks out and separates them until she eventually finds him again in the throes of battle against the Italians. A typically lush and romantic epic from Luchino Visconti, director of The Leopard.