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Senso (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 8 July 1968 (USA)
A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Il tenente Franz Mahler
... La contessa Livia Serpieri
... Il marchese Roberto Ussoni
Heinz Moog ... Il conte Serpieri
Rina Morelli ... Laura, la governante
... Un ufficiale boemo
... Luca
Tino Bianchi ... Il capitano Meucci
... Il comandante della piazza di Verona
Tonio Selwart ... Il colonello Kleist
Marcella Mariani ... Clara, la prostituta
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Storyline

Venezia, spring of 1866, in the last days of the Austrian occupation. A performance of Il Trovatore ends up in confusion due to an anti-Austrian demonstration, organised by Count Ussoni. His cousin Countess Serpieri falls in love with vile Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler, but the times are changing. Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Also Known As:

The Wanton Contessa  »

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| (edited/dubbed) | (director's cut)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Renoir supervised the French dubbed version, which restored some scenes cut by the Italian government. See more »

Quotes

Il tenente Franz Mahler: It's too late! It's over! I'm not your romantic hero!
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Soundtracks

L'onda de'suoni mistici
(uncredited)
(from "Il Trovatore; Act 3")
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Anita Cerquetti, Gino Penno
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Visually it's a stunner
5 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

A feast for the eyes this lush melodrama may be an acquired taste for some but I doubt anyone could say it wasn't visually stunning. Venice is rendered so beautifully you will want to hop the next flight there and with the composition of all the other scenes it is like watching a story take place inside of paintings. However as gorgeous as all that is it also can be distracting and take you out of the story as you study the detail which at times feels a bit surreal. Having only seen Alida Valli in her English language films where she often seemed stiff and ill at ease her performance here is quite a revelation. She is fully in command of the screen and her anguished turmoil is compelling to watch. Farley is not bad although his part really doesn't offer him much more than being a slick and very handsome wastrel.


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