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SUBJECTS

Austro-Italian War, 1866 -- Drama, Boito, Camillo, 1836-1914. Senso -- Film and video adaptations, Italy -- History -- 1866 -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- Drama

Senso

(The Wanton Countess)

Digital Restoration

featuring

Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Massimo Girotti, Heinz Moog,

Visconti’s first costume drama abandons his earlier neorealist style for a lush, near-operatic account of love and betrayal during the 1860s Italian resistance to Austrian rule. The film’s masterful opening sequence introduces its themes: patriotism and doomed love, mirrored to a swooning aria, as a performance of a Verdi opera triggers the audience to chant anti-Austrian slogans, and brings together a cynical young Austrian soldier (Farley Granger) with an older, sensual Italian countess (Alida Valli). Smitten with the downmarket charm of the young man, this “wanton countess” (the film’s American release title) soon abandons her husband, and subsequently, as Italy grows more revolutionary, her country. Visconti integrates enough historical accuracy and explicit political allegory to please the most scholarly Marxist (and therefore to have displeased the Italian censors, who insisted on many cuts), but Senso is foremost, as the title indicates, an overwhelmingly sensual experience, luxuriant and baroque.

Jason Sanders
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Luchino Visconti
  • Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Based On
  • the short story by Camillo Boito

Cinematographer
  • G. R. Aldo
  • Robert Krasker
Language
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 123 mins
Source
  • Rialto Pictures
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Senso (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, Kent Jones, 2010

Luchino Visconti: maestro of the movies (program note), Brooklyn Museum, 1992

Luchino Visconti: a retrospective (program note), Walker Art Center, 1979

Senso (synopsis), B.H., 1974

Films: Senso (review), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1968

[Senso] (program note), University of Minnesota Film Society, Al Milgrom, 1965

Senso (book excerpt)

Luchino Visconti: the films (1936-76) (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

The wanton contess (distributor materials), KTV

Senso (distributor materials)

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