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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 »
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DVD Release: Luchino Visconti: Four Films
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Blu-ray Release: Conversation Piece
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Luchino Visconti's aesthetic revolution 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:
Film debut of Mimmo Palmara.See more »
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Version of Senso '45 (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Luchino Visconti's aesthetic revolution, 25 September 2010
Author: Ilpo Hirvonen from Finland

Senso was Visconti at his most elegant and aesthetic. It opened his series of historical spectacles. The film showed that epics and melodramas can entail political criticism as any other genres. Senso is his intelligent analysis about the Italian unification - Risorgimento. The film's criticism didn't please all the people and it suffered from censorship and it was edited several times. Nonetheless this aesthetically beautiful film still stands out as a fine ironic masterpiece.

The year is 1866 and the moment people have dreamed for decades - centuries - is in our hands. Garibaldi is coming and the Italians are beating the Austrians. In the middle of all this Visconti tells us a story about an Italian woman, who is the cousin of the leader of the underground resistance, who falls in love with an Austrian lieutenant. She is blinded by her romantic illusion and is ready to betray her family, friends, ideals and native land - these are part of the ethical problematics in Senso.

Senso was Visconti's first color film and he obviously had put a lot of effort to it. It's visually gorgeous and meant an aesthetic revolution for Italian cinema. It is no coincidence that it starts in an opera which Visconti did a lot himself too. The opening sequence shows us the basic power of Opera and melodrama - to change life, infrastructure without forgetting the concrete history.

Historical films always tell us about two different ages, intentionally or unintentionally: the one the story takes place in and the time it was made in. It's a film about the Italian unification but also a study about the deepest emotions in Italy during the 1950's. Italy after WWII, filled with neo realism - antifascist battle and hope for democracy. But also about the downside; the victory of the right-wingers and the beginning of the Cold War.

Senso is a gorgeous film which requires patience and love from its viewer. It's a political, ironic, revolutionary and aesthetic film. Truly one of the biggest landmarks in Visconti's career but also in the history of Italian cinema.

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