Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 

Italy, 1954, 118 min

Shown in 1957/2010


Luchino Visconti
Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Giorgio Prosperi
Aldo Graziati, Robert Krasker
Mario Serandrei
Anton Bruckner, Giuseppe Verdi
Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Heinz Moog, Rina Morelli, Christian Marquand


prod co
Lux Film S.p.a.
Fleetwood Films Incorporated/Cineteca di Bologna, Andrea Meneghelli


Shown out-of-competition on December 15, 1957 and again at Closing Night (December 18, 1957), though the film was interrupted for award ceremony. Senso replaced the originally scheduled The Bigamist, which did not arrive. In 2010 a restored print courtesy of StudioCanal, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia/Cineteca Nazionale and the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata was shown with funding provided by Gucci, The Film Foundation and Comitato Italia 150. Still courtesy of StudioCanal and Cineteca di Bologna.

Luchino Visconti’s 1954 film about the affair between an Italian countess (Alida Valli) with partisan sympathies and an Austrian officer from the occupying army (Farley Granger), set during Garibaldi’s war of independence in the 1860s, is one of the most extraordinary historical films ever made. Rarely have the dramas of history and romantic passion been so skillfully and compellingly intertwined. It also marks one of the medium’s most creative uses of color. Visconti and his cinematographers Aldo Graziati (who tragically died during the shoot) and Robert Krasker fashioned a palette that was both delicate and vivid, rich in its historical associations and its evocations of landscape painting of the period. For that reason alone, Senso has been extremely difficult to restore, and the shrinkage and overall damage to its original three-strip Technicolor camera negatives have only increased the level of difficulty. Now, with the advent of digital techniques the Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata have joined forces to restore this magnificent film to its original grandeur for the 2010 screening.

–Kent Jones

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