Senso [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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Italian director Luchino Visconti dishes up his usual blend of elegance and decadence in Senso. The international cast includes French film star Alida Valli as a Italian countess married to a Venetian nobleman, and English leading man Farley Granger as an Austrian military officer. The two are swept up in the Austrian empire's evacuation of Italy in 1866. Valli and Granger fall in love, but Valli ultimately realizes that the officer is interested only in her wealth and prestige, whereupon she gives him over to a firing squad. Visconti had wanted Ingrid Bergman and Marlon Brando for his leads, but when Bergman's husband Roberto Rossellini would not permit her to appear in the film, Brando also bowed out. Originally running 166 minutes, Senso was released in a radically cut version in the US in 1968, titled Summer Hurricane; yet another recut version popped up in England as The Wanton Contessa. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
2/22/11 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
2 hours, 3 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Disc One:
  • The celebrated film foundation/cineteca di bologna digital restoration, created in consultation with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and Martin Scorsese
  • The making of "Senso," a new documentary featuring Rotunno, assistant director Francesco Rosi, costume designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D'Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso Cecchi D'Amico and author of Life and Wotk of Luchino Visconti
  • Visualk essay by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Disc 2:
  • The Wanton Countess, a rarely seen english-language version of the film
  • Viva Verdi, a new documentary on Visconti, Senso, and opera
  • "Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti," a 1966 BBC program exploring Visconti's mastery of cinema, theater, and opera direction
  • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger's autobiography, Include Me Out
Number of Discs
2

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