Senso Senso

Senso

Luchino Visconti

 
Senso (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Italy
  • 1954
  • 123 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • Italian
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  • Spine #556

This lush, Technicolor tragic romance from Luchino Visconti stars Alida Valli as a nineteenth-century Italian countess who, during the Austrian occupation of her country, puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant, played by Farley Granger. Gilded with ornate costumes and sets and a rich classical soundtrack, and featuring fearless performances, this operatic melodrama is an extraordinary evocation of reckless emotions and deranged lust, from one of the cinema’s great sensualists.

Cast

Countess Livia SerpieriAlida Valli
Lieutenant Franz MahlerFarley Granger
Count SerpieriHeinz Moog
Laura, the maidRina Morelli
Roberto UssoniMassimo Girotti
ClaraMarcella Mariani

Credits

Disc Features

  • The celebrated Film Foundation/Cineteca di Bologna digital restoration, created in consultation with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and Martin Scorsese, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • The Wanton Countess, the 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
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger’s autobiography, Include Me Out

    New cover by Glenn Orbik

Film Essays

Senso and Sensibility

By Mark RappaportFebruary 21, 2011

Melodrama has a bad reputation because it has been abandoned to schematic and conventional . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the . . . Read more »


Video


Press Notes

Press Notes: Senso

March 02, 2011

Critics are fittingly exhilarated about the ecstatic romantic melodrama Senso, now out in . . . Read more »


Posters

Red for Danger

February 25, 2011

Senso poster, original French release, 1956. Read more »


Film Essays

Senso and Sensibility

By Mark RappaportFebruary 21, 2011

Melodrama has a bad reputation because it has been abandoned to schematic and conventional . . . Read more »