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Director:
Writers:
Luchino Visconti (story) and
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Release Date:
8 July 1968 (USA) See more »
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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:
A Cruel and Tragic Melodramatic Romance 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)
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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:
Jean Renoir supervised the French dubbed version, which restored some scenes cut by the Italian government.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Sunset Blvd. (1950)See more »
Soundtrack:
Di quella piraSee more »

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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Cruel and Tragic Melodramatic Romance, 1 October 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1866, in the spring of Venice, an underground rebel movement against the Austrian occupation in Italy is getting stronger. The married Countess Livia Serpieri (Alida Valli) sees her cousin challenging the Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler (Farley Granger) for a duel in the opera and being arrested and sent to the exile for one year. When she meets Mahler, she first hates him but after a night together walking along the streets in Venice, she falls deeply in love for him, becoming his mistress. When the war starts, she moves to her property in the country missing Mahler. When he visits her during a night, she forgets her principles, decency and betrayals her cause with cruel and tragic consequences.

I am one of the greatest worldwide fans of IMDb, but sometimes I am disappointed with the ranking of this site. How can a masterpiece like "Senso" be out of any worldwide serious list of the top 250 best movies? The "red noble" Luchino Visconti is one of the best directors ever and this masterpiece explores a wonderful, cruel and tragic romance in times of the Italian "El Risorgimento". Each scene in this movie looks like a picture of the XIX Century, full of details. The cinematography is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, with a stunning recreation of a period. The story is fantastic, with a gorgeous Alida Valli in the top of her beauty, and Farley Granger splendid as a scum lover. The restored DVD released in Brasil by Versatil distributor is amazing, full of excellent extras. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Senso – Sedução da Carne" ("Senso – Seduction of the Flesh")

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