DVD - 2010 | Italian
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In Venice, during the spring of 1866, it is the last month of the Austrian occupation of the Veneto. The Italian government has forged a pact with Prussia, and another war of liberation in the ongoing Risorgimento is imminent. Countess Livia Serpieri, unloved by her collaborator-husband but sympathetic to the cause of freedom espoused by her patriotic cousin Roberto, meets Austrian officer Franz Mahler as she begs him to call off a duel with Roberto. She falls in love with young, philandering, and mercenary officer, the country marches to revolution, and her dedication to the cause wilts under her desire and obsession. Mesmerized by him, she betrays not only her husband and cousin, but the revolution, too, with tragic results.
Topical Term: Adultery
Man-woman relationships
Motion pictures, Italian
Italian literature
Foreign films
Fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, 2010
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604653892
Branch Call Number: F [ITALIAN]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.)
Alternative Title: Wanton countess
Language Note: In Italian with optional subtitles in English


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Feb 01, 2020

high melodrama meets high art in this extraordinary production, a cross between Proust and "Anna Karenina" storywise, a 19th Century frolic through the perspective of every significant painterly artist of the Western tradition, with a soundtrack by no less than very Anton Bruckner, his Fourth Symphony, the "Romantic" - Visconti is wonderfully at home with all of these traditions, an aristocrat's aristocrat, an aesthete's aesthete, "Senso" is, among his several other wondrous masterpieces, a total triumph, a must for serious, even for only adventurous, film lovers

May 14, 2019

Directed by Luchino Visconti in 1954 based on the 1882 Italian novella by Camillo Boito, this Italian drama depicts the love affair of a countess during the time of Third Italian War of Independence in 1866.
The film presents Livia's perspective in the form of her secret diary.
She distinctly describes her selfish lust, her sexual desire, and something akin to joy that she feels on the occasion of her lover's suffering.
In a nutshell, the drama clearly shows the old maxim that passionate love makes you into a fool if not insanity.

Jan 09, 2015

operatic in scope, lush in colour, melodramatic.

nothing like his movies of 1948 and 1951 that focused on the working class.

tancredi13 Dec 05, 2013

A great film by Visconti. A tragic tale beautifully told. Remarkable that he could make Rocco and His Brothers and Senso. A true genius!

Glencoe_Mike May 09, 2011

A gorgeous film but overwrought and too long.


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