- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 22, 2011
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: 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
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 06/09/1989
"...SENSO is a photographic dream....A contender for the most beautiful color film ever..."
Total Film - 07/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Gorgeously upholstered by flashing, decadent passions and over-the-top operatics....[A] full colour, full-tilt spectacle..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2007
"[W]ith Visconti turning to music and voiceover to crank up the emotions. He also makes highly inventive use of the Venetian settings."
A.V. Club - 03/09/2011
"An operatic fusion of romance and history....SENSO was the first Italian film shot in three-strip Technicolor, and the images' texture -- vibrantly colored, yet soft and almost smudgy -- complements the movie's delirious passions."
Film Comment - 03/01/2011
"Visconti observes it all in coolly elegant long takes....Theatrically dressed boudoirs highlight the deceptive lover's penchant for performance..."
An extravagantly romantic story about the tempestuous affair between an Italian countess and a dashing Austrian officer. When war and revolution break out, the contessa becomes torn between her fervent patriotic commitment and her obsessive love for one of the enemy.
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