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Director:
Writers:
Luchino Visconti (story) and
Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story) ...
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Release Date:
8 July 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Three cheers for Alida Valli See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Alida Valli ... La contessa Livia Serpieri

Farley Granger ... Il tenente Franz Mahler
Heinz Moog ... Il conte Serpieri
Rina Morelli ... Laura, la governante
Christian Marquand ... Un ufficiale boemo

Sergio Fantoni ... Luca
Tino Bianchi ... Il capitano Meucci

Ernst Nadherny ... Il comandante della piazza di Verona
Tonio Selwart ... Il colonello Kleist
Marcella Mariani ... Clara, la prostituta

Massimo Girotti ... Il marchese Roberto Ussoni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Arcalli ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Aldo Bajocchi ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Ottone Candiani ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Nando Cicero ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Claudio Coppetti ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Cristoforo De Hartungen ... Il generale Hauptmann (uncredited)
Tony Di Mitri ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Eugenio Incisivo ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Marianne Leibl ... La moglie del generale Hauptmann (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Spartaco Nale ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Ivy Nicholson ... Una patriota (uncredited)
Mimmo Palmara ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Winni Riva ... La cameriera (uncredited)
Goliarda Sapienza ... Una patriota al teatro (uncredited)
Renato Terra ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Gustl Untersulzner ... Un soldato (uncredited)
Mario Valente ... Un soldato (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
 
Writing credits
Luchino Visconti (story) and
Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story)

Camillo Boito (novella)

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay) and
Luchino Visconti (screenplay)

Carlo Alianello (collaboration) and
Giorgio Bassani (collaboration) and
Giorgio Prosperi (collaboration)

Tennessee Williams (dialogue collaborator) and
Paul Bowles (dialogue collaborator)

Cinematography by
G.R. Aldo 
Robert Krasker 
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Ottavio Scotti 
 
Set Decoration by
Gino Brosio 
 
Costume Design by
Marcel Escoffier 
Piero Tosi 
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Domenico Forges Davanzati .... production manager
Marcello Giannini .... production supervisor
Gabriele Silvestri .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Rosi .... assistant director
Aldo Trionfo .... associate director
Giancarlo Zagni .... associate director
Franco Zeffirelli .... assistant director
Jean-Pierre Mocky .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Aldo Calpini .... sound
Vittorio Trentino .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nino Cristiani .... assistant camera (as Michele Crisitiani)
Giuseppe Rotunno .... camera operator
Francesco Izzarelli .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Neil Binney .... color technician: Technicolor
John Craig .... color technician: Technicolor
Giandomenico Zeppa .... final colorist: digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mary Alcaide .... direction secretary
Gina Guglielmotti .... production assistant
Roberto Palaggi .... production secretary
Jean Renoir .... supervisor: French dubbed version
Enrico Maria Salerno .... voice dubbing: Farley Granger (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Wanton Contessa" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
Italy:118 min | USA:93 min (edited/dubbed) | Italy:123 min (director's cut)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1999) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
Cinematographer G.R. Aldo died during production and was replaced by Robert Krasker.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Christmas Eve '45 (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
D'amor sull'ali roseeSee more »

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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Three cheers for Alida Valli, 23 November 2001
Author: laursene from New York NY

Wonderful movie, and quite unexpected at the time from the neorealist Visconti, finally letting some of the operatic juice flow into his film work. It's also the first of his explorations of Italian history and social change, to be followed by The Leopard and the fantastic Rocco and His Brothers.

One caveat: At a screening a couple of years ago at MoMA, I learned that it was the Italian government that was responsible for the snipping of some crucial scenes near the end of Senso, depicting the Battle of Custozza. These were meant to make his critique of the Italian ruling classes and their failure to pull together during this period of the risorgimento more explicit. But apparently the Italian government, fresh from defeat in WW II, didn't like the idea of a major movie showing an Italian army being beaten. So the episode was truncated, leaving a few people scratching their heads about what the point of it all was. Poor Visconti tended to make long movies, and often had trouble getting them shown at the proper length in the US, but this time it was his own government that stymied him!

As for the rest: Granger is fine, but it's Valli who gives one of the all-time great move star performances. What a great face! The story is written on it, and the director wisely keeps her the focus of attention.

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