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Luchino Visconti (story) and
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Release Date:
8 July 1968 (USA) See more »
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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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Visually stunning...but I have trouble with a film where I hate the main characters this much. See more (19 total) »


  (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)
Carlo Sabatini ... Un soldato (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 Countess" - Australia (alternative title), International (English title) (alternative title)
"The Wanton Contessa" - USA (TV title)
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Italy:118 min | USA:93 min (edited/dubbed) | Italy:123 min (director's cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 (DVD and Blu-ray version) (uncut) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1999) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (f) (heavily cut)

Did You Know?

Luchino Visconti insisted on fresh-cut flowers be put in every set each morning, regardless of whether there was any filming going to be done in the set or not that day.See more »
Il tenente Franz Mahler:It's too late! It's over! I'm not your romantic hero!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Senso '45 (2002)See more »
L'onda de'suoni misticiSee more »


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Visually stunning...but I have trouble with a film where I hate the main characters this much., 19 April 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Sanso" looks nice. It has a nice, sweeping look to it and if the color print received a bit of conservation (cleaning up the print a bit and sharpening it as well), it would be a gorgeous movie. But, it's also a great example of a film which suffers because the main characters are complete moral degenerates and are therefore difficult to relate to or care for during the course of the movie.

This film is set around the time of the Italian independence movement in the late 1860s and into the early 1870s. The Italians, long dominated and ruled by outsiders, are uniting under Garibaldi and are trying to gain self-rule. In the midst of this is a terribly confusing Countess (Alida Valli). On one hand, she supports the independence movement through her cousin and his efforts. Yet, completely inexplicably, she falls for an Austrian officer--who is her sworn enemy. It seems that despite being on opposite sides, they have a common love...him. So, in essence, her ideals mean nothing and she's willing to throw away her opulent life with the Count and her country for some Germanic stud. In fact, at one point, she makes herself a traitor by giving the lover money which was gathered to support the Italian army...and all for love (or at least what this whore thinks is love).

While many reviewers seemed to like this film, I couldn't get past the characters. While there was no obvious reason for the lovers to be together, they were. And, because they were both selfish and nasty, you really don't care what happens to them. After all, she's an adulteress, thief and a traitor. He's a coward, cheats on his new lover and is a deserter. Sounds like a relationship made in heaven, right?!

The bottom line is that no matter how good the film looks and how well it's acted, it's just about some boorish jerks--and that makes it a film I could have just as soon skipped.

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