in about 100 words or less
Italy 117m, Colour
Director: Luchino Visconti; Cast: Alida Valli, Farley Granger, Heinz Moog, Massimo Girotti, Rina Morelli, Christian Marquand, Marcella Mariani
Senso is the story of the tragic love affair of Livia Serpieri, a married countess who becomes obsessed with an Austrian Lieutenant who she initially meets to dissuade from having a duel with her cousin. With tragic consequences, she betrays her family and the Italian Nationalist cause for a love which is ultimately never returned. Interestingly, this luxuriantly appointed melodrama is vastly different from the Italian Neorealism style which Visconti had helped introduce a decade earlier with his 1943 gritty thriller, Ossessione (Klaus Ming January 2015).