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Senso (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1954)

Alida Valli , Farley Granger , Luchino Visconti  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Heinz Moog, Rina Morelli, Christian Marquand
  • Directors: Luchino Visconti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna and Martin Scorsese�s Film Foundation, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 Work of Luchino Visconti
  • Viva VERDI, a new documentary on Visconti, Senso, and opera featuring Italian film scholar Peter Brunette, Italian historian Stefano Albertini, and author Wayne Koestenbaum
  • The Wanton Countess, the rarely seen English-language version of the film
  • Visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie
  • Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti, a 1966 BBC special exploring Visconti�s parallel masteries of cinema, theater, and opera direction
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger�s autobiography, Include Me Out

  • Editorial Reviews

    This lush, Technicolor tragic romance from Luchino Visconti (Le notti bianche, The Leopard) stars Alida Valli (The Third Man, Eyes Without a Face) as a nineteenth-century Italian countess who, amid the Austrian occupation of her country, puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant, played by Farley Granger (Rope, Strangers on a Train). Gilded with fearless performances, ornate costumes and sets, and a rich classical soundtrack, Visconti�s operatic melodrama is an extraordinary evocation of reckless emotions and deranged lust from one of the cinema�s great sensualists.

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    22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars More exquisite Visconti on Blu-Ray... February 26, 2011
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    Criterion gives us another opulent masterpiece from Luchino Visconti to follow their splendid release of IL GATTOPARDO (THE LEOPARD). The blu-ray has a rich, Technicolor density that beautifully captures the evocative, lush location photography by Guiseppe Rottuno, and is another splendid restoration of classic Italian cinema, under the supervision of Rottuno and Martin Scorsese.
    SENSO is expressionistic filmmaking by a master, full of homoerotic tension in the guise of deranged, heterosexual passion. There is both the original Italian and the rarely-seen, English language version (THE WANTON COUNTESS) to savor here, along with some insightful extras about Verdi, Visconti and the making of the film.
    A remarkable film can now be appreciated in a high-quality US release for home screenings.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Alida Valli at her most passionate.... January 28, 2012
    What a great film. Altough Farley Granger seems out of place, I can't recommend this enough for fans of Italian cinema. Everyone is dubbed, of course, and the Criterion Blu-ray looks fantastic except for a washed out scene at the very end. The sound is mono, but sufficient for the well-placed chunks of Bruckner's 7th symphony which really make this something special. Don't watch The Wanton Countess bonus feature- after seeing the original Italian you won't want to anyway. Get it....
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Curious Italian March 19, 2014
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    I've heard of this for eons, but it has been very difficult to see. It occasionally shows up on TCM, but the print always looks horrible. It is always praised as a major Technicolor achievement, so I wanted the best looking version i could get. This is a major improvement, but I fear, still isn't as vivid and dazzling as it probably was in '55 or whenever. It was released in Italy, then re-edited and messed up for American release. This is supposedly the original, complete film, and looking as close to full saturation as is possible. It's impressive, but not up to the best of domestic three strip.

    The film itself is an epic tale of a woman's obsession with Farley Granger, a military rake from the enemy camp who seduces and abandons her. It's plenty absurd, but the star power is irresistable. There is a commentary track, and also the American version is included. But after going through the normal film, and the commentary, I didn't want to sit through it again. But I a m sort of looking forward to seeing what it looks like. Apparently, the actual Granger audio track is used here, so we actually hear him rather than the dubbed in Italian version shown in Italy. But it's cut down and supposedly trashed.

    Still,, a great package of Criterion excess that is a great wallow in a major world film that still remains somewhat elusive.
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    2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    As one who deeply loves all things Italian, I found the opening of this flick to be very stirring in the way it recalls the intersection of cultural and political rebellion in Italy in the 1800's. The restored color was magnificent.
    Many of the scenes in Venice probably would require computer generation/enhancement after all of the changes that have occurred in the city over the nearly 60 years since the flick first came out. Thus, it was as much a look back at the 1950's in that city as a story of what occurred there in the 1860's.
    Interior footage of the country palace in the mountains could inspire an architect or interior decorator. As for the story line, it is a bit too melodramatic for modern sensibilities. I kept drawing parallels between Italy 60 years ago, still reeling from the German predation of World War II, and the Italy that was casting off the yoke of Austrian domination 90 years before that. Cinematic story telling seems to have had as many hidden political messages as did opera in previous generations.
    In short, I didn't think this was quite the "classic" that I heard NPR reviewers describe. It is, however, worthwhile entertainment.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars glorious! May 15, 2011
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    Nothing more to add about this extraordinary restoration. Perhaps should be released as a 2 disc edition because the extra material is so many that the player takes its time to read the disc.
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