Senso

Senso

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Director: Luchino Visconti

Cast: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Massimo Girotti

     
 

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Italian director Luchino Visconti dishes up his usual blend of elegance and decadence in Senso. The international cast includes French film star Alida Valli as a Italian countess married to a Venetian nobleman, and English leading man Farley Granger as an Austrian military officer. The two are swept up in the Austrian empire's evacuation of Italy in 1866. Valli…  See more details below

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Italian director Luchino Visconti dishes up his usual blend of elegance and decadence in Senso. The international cast includes French film star Alida Valli as a Italian countess married to a Venetian nobleman, and English leading man Farley Granger as an Austrian military officer. The two are swept up in the Austrian empire's evacuation of Italy in 1866. Valli and Granger fall in love, but Valli ultimately realizes that the officer is interested only in her wealth and prestige, whereupon she gives him over to a firing squad. Visconti had wanted Ingrid Bergman and Marlon Brando for his leads, but when Bergman's husband Roberto Rossellini would not permit her to appear in the film, Brando also bowed out. Originally running 166 minutes, Senso was released in a radically cut version in the US in 1968, titled Summer Hurricane; yet another recut version popped up in England as The Wanton Contessa.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
Senso is a stunning film, featuring Luchino Visconti at his most operatic. With Alida Valli and Farley Granger thrown in for marquee value, the film chronicles the last days of the Austrian-Italian conflict, in the spring of 1866. A performance of Il Trovatore serves as the backdrop for a stormy romance between Livia Serpieri, trapped in a loveless marriage, and a young Austrian office-worker, Franz Mahler (Granger). Their affair is bound to end tragically, and it does, but not before Visconti and his scenarists (including additional dialogue from Tennessee Williams and Paul Bowles) have created a delirious world of color, music, deception, and betrayal in which revenge is always the strongest motivation for all human affairs. Senso simply demands to be seen on a cinema screen; reduced to the dimensions of even the most grandiose home theater system, the film loses much of its visual impact. Yet Visconti's vision is so over the top, so deliciously abandoned, that the trip is well worth taking, even on DVD. One of the most unrestrained of Visconti's many films, Senso is a lavish spectacle of the highest order.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2011
UPC:
0715515068116
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
7,094

Special Features

The Wanton Countess, a rarely seen English-language version of the film; The Making of "Senso," a new Documentary featuring Rotunno, Assistant Director Francesco Rosi, Costume Designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D'Amico, daughter of Screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico and Author of Life and Work of Luchino Visconti; Viva Verdi, a new Documentary on Visconti, Senso, and Opera; Visual Essay by Film Scholar Peter Cowie; "Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti," a 1966 BBC Program exploring Visconti's mastery of cinema, theater, and Opera Direction; ; Plus: a Booklet featuring an essay by Filmmaker and Author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger's Autobiography, Include Me Out

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alida Valli Contessa Livia Serpieri
Farley Granger Lt. Franz Mahler
Massimo Girotti Marquis Roberto Ussoni
Heinz Moog Count Serpieri
Rina Morelli Laura
Marcella Mariani Prostitute
Christian Marquand Bohemian Officer
Tino Bianchi Meucci
Sergio Fantoni Patriot
Tonio Selwart Col. Kleist

Technical Credits
Luchino Visconti Director,Screenwriter
G.R. Aldo Cinematographer
Carl Alianello Screenwriter
Giorgio Bassani Screenwriter
Paul Bowles Screenwriter
Gino Brosio Set Decoration/Design
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Domenico Forges Davanzanti Producer
Marcel Escoffier Costumes/Costume Designer
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
Aldo Graziati Cinematographer
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Giorgio Prosperi Screenwriter
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Ottavio Scotti Art Director
Mario Serandrei Editor
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer
Tennessee Williams Screenwriter

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