Senso (1954)

Classic romantic drama of a 19th-century Italian aristocrat during the last years of her country's struggle for independence and unification, who betrays the cause for the love of an Austrian soldier. Music by Anton Bruckner.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1954
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Senso is lush, broadly emotional and beautifully photographed.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

It is an obvious, rudimentary operatic approach to amour and an illustration of history that is likely to be fuzzy to anyone but a student of Garibaldi's 1866 campaign in and around Venice and Verona.

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Total Film

Gorgeously upholstered by flashing, decadent passions and over-the-top operatics.

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Variety Staff

Senso is an elegant, expensively-produced, period love story, set back in the Italian 1860s, and a stylist delight.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A lush, melodramatic portrait of seduction and betrayal, decadence and deceit in the midst of Italy's resistance to Austrian occupation in the mid-19th century.

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Emanuel Levy

Visconti's lush period piece, shot in color, marks his transition from neo-realism to grand operatic spectacles.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

Like other Visconti melodramas, [Senso is] sumptuous in its Technicolor expressionism.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

As usual with Visconti, there is a welter of baroque effects and an acute sense of history.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Lavishly styled historical drama, which opens with one of the most electrifying protest scenes in film history.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
A feast for the eyes this lush melodrama may be an acquired taste for some but I doubt anyone could say it wasn't visually stunning. Venice is rendered so… More
Walter M.
"Senso" begins at the opera in Venice in 1866. During an intermission, a less than spontaneous demonstration breaks out in favor of Italian… More
Lewis C.
Looks beautiful in sumptuous Technicolor, but I found the story to be deathly dull. I could barely finish it. This tale of war, betrayal, and forbidden love… More
Eric Broome
If you scanned a plot summary beforehand, you probably could enjoy "Senso" just as much without subtitles. The story is simple, the dialogue is merely… More
Stefanie C
1866 Venice. The Italians are organized to reclaim the province from the Austrian empire. Such is the backdrop for this melodrama. The strength of this film… More
Dimitris Springer
Passive as time goes by drama.Visconti excels his pace and fragmentary love affairs by lustfully projecting us the disaffection of passion throughout the course… More