Senso (The Wanton Countess) (1954)
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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
Jan 1, 1954 Wide
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Senso is an elegant, expensively-produced, period love story, set back in the Italian 1860s, and a stylist delight.
Like other Visconti melodramas, [Senso is] sumptuous in its Technicolor expressionism.
It is an obvious, rudimentary operatic approach to amour and an illustration of history that is likely to be fuzzy to anyone but a student of Garibaldi's 1866 campaign in and around Venice and Verona.
A lush, melodramatic portrait of seduction and betrayal, decadence and deceit in the midst of Italy's resistance to Austrian occupation in the mid-19th century.
As usual with Visconti, there is a welter of baroque effects and an acute sense of history.
Gorgeously upholstered by flashing, decadent passions and over-the-top operatics.
Visconti's lush period piece, shot in color, marks his transition from neo-realism to grand operatic spectacles.
Lavishly styled historical drama, which opens with one of the most electrifying protest scenes in film history.
a Technicolored visual feast in the grandest tradition of historical-epic melodrama
The culmination of Visconti's work, the perfect collision of style, themes and look, and perhaps his greatest film.
Senso isn't the subtlest picture and its writing is frequently cringe-worthy. But as a work of pure film artistry it's wonderful, especially in its less motivated sequences.
As a chronicle of doomed love, the story gains quite a bit of steam as it bulldozes towards its tragic ending.
... this lush, lavish melodrama of a self-destructive love affair set against the idealistic passions of the Risorgimento is the very definition of cinematic.
For any student of cinematography, costume design or art direction, Senso is an invaluable source of inspiration.
Triumphs on the strength of [Alida Valli's] presence..you'd have to go very far to find a more luscious movie.
Visconti counterposes romance and rebellion in this historical tale of love and betrayal.
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