Senso

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Disc One:; The celebrated film foundation/cineteca di bologna digital restoration, created in consultation with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and Martin Scorsese; 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 Wotk of Luchino Visconti; Visualk essay by film scholar Peter Cowie; Disc 2:; The Wanton Countess, a rarely seen english-language version of the film; Viva Verdi, a new documentary on Visconti, Senso, and opera; "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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2011
  • UPC: 715515068215
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,280

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Senso
1. Venice, Spring 1866 [5:02]
2. A Challenge Made [7:05]
3. Lieutenant Franz Mahler [5:38]
4. The Streets of Venice [6:49]
5. A Verse From Heine [5:01]
6. The Austrian Barracks [2:56]
7. Franz's Rented Room [6:25]
8. "Maybe He Was With Kati..." [7:07]
9. 349, Campo San Geremìa [6:56]
10. The Quiet Villa in Aldeno [12:18]
11. Hidden in the Granary [6:40]
12. A Great Fire [4:55]
13. Two Thousand Florins [8:04]
14. The Battle of Custoza [6:21]
15. "I Received a Letter From Franz" [5:07]
16. A Carriage Ride [4:24]
17. "I'm Not An Officer Now" [12:31]
18. "I Came to Carry Out My Duty As a Loyal Subject" [6:43]
19. Firing Squad [3:14]
20. Color Bars [:00]
Disc #2 -- Senso
1. Venice, Spring 1866 [4:55]
2. A Challenge of Made [2:17]
3. The Streets of Venice [8:58]
4. The Australian Barracks [2:41]
5. Franz's Rented Room [5:19]
6. "Maybe He Was With Kati..." [5:36]
7. 349, Campo San Geremìa [5:13]
8. The Quiet Villa in Aldeno [14:45]
9. Hidden in the Granary [3:34]
10. A Great Fire [2:40]
11. Two Thousands Florins [8:11]
12. The Battle of Custoza [5:42]
13. A Carriage Ride [2:56]
14. "I'm Not An Officer Now" [12:30]
15. "I Came to Carry Out My Duty As a Loyal Subject" [5:27]
16. Firing Squad [3:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Senso
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   The Making of Senso
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   Peter Cowie
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   Subtitles
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Disc #2 -- Senso
   The Wanton Countess
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      Index
   Viva Verdi: Visconti and Opera
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   Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti
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   Subtitles
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