Senso is a tragic romance set in the year 1866, when the Third Italian War of Independence was coming to an end. During the Austrian occupation of her country, Livia Serpeiri, a beautiful Italian countess married to an older aristocrat, puts her marriage and political principles on the line by engaging in a torrid affair with a dashing Austrian lieutenant. Abandoning all reason, Livia is unable to see that she is only being used for her money and social standing, until it is too late, and she finds herself driven to the point of madness.
Italian stage and film director Luchino Visconti (1906–1976) is considered one of the founding fathers of the Italian neorealism film movement. As his career progressed, however, he produced more lavish films that spanned a range of historical periods. More than just a neorealist director, Visconti was one of the greatest international film directors that emerged from the post-war Italian cinema.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1963
Best production, David di Donatello Awards 1963
Director: Luchino Visconti
Language: Italian, German
Cast: Farley Granger, Alida Valli, Massimo Girotti
Production: Lux Film