a feature film by Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, Rocco and His Brothers, Death in Venice, The Damned, Bellissima)
with Alida Valli (The Third Man, Il Grido, Suspiria, 1900), Farley Granger (Rope, Strangers on a Train), Massimo Girotti (Last Tango in Paris, Teorema)
1866, Italian patriots battle for independence against the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Countess Sepieri betrays her marriage and country for an Austrian Officer. Later, confronted with the man's cynicism and treachery, she reports the man to his own superiors. He is tried and executed. The play of passions is carefully paced and the cinematography sumptuous. A classic. A point of interest: Granger's dialogue was written with the collaboration of Paul Bowles and Tennessee Williams.
Visconti's "Senso" (1954) opens in an opera house and in a way never leaves it. This is a passionate and melodramatic romance, with doomed lovers, posturing soldiers, secret meetings at midnight , bold adultery and dramatic deaths. That it mostly takes place in Venice is appropriate — Venice, that city where every view is a backdrop for an aria - Roger Ebert
Italy - 1954, 115', available in Full HD
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Produced by Lux Film