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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

  • Release date:September 3, 1954

Cast

Alida Valli
as Contessa Livia Serpieri
Farley Granger
as Lt. Franz Mahler
Massimo Girotti
as Marquis Roberto Ussoni
Heinz Moog
as Count Serpieri
Rina Morelli
as Laura
Christian Marquand
as Bohemian Officer
Tino Bianchi
as Meucci
Sergio Fantoni
as Patriot
Tonio Selwart
as Col. Kleist
Sergio Fantoni
as Patriot
Tino Bianchi
as Meucci

Crew

Luchino Visconti
Director
Luchino Visconti
Screenwriter
Giorgio Bassani
Screenwriter
Tennessee Williams
Screenwriter
Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Screenwriter
Giorgio Prosperi
Screenwriter
Robert Krasker
Cinematographer
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Franco Ferrara
Musical Direction/Supervision
Giuseppe Verdi
Featured Music
Anton Bruckner
Featured Music
Mario Serandrei
Editor
Ottavio Scotti
Art Director
Gino Brosio
Set Designer
Piero Tosi
Costume Designer
Camillo Boito
Short Story Author
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