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Luchino Visconti directs this art-house classic, set in 19th Century Italy. Venetian Countess Lidia (Alida Valli) risks her marriage and social position for the love of the young Austrian officer Franz Mahler (Farley Granger). As the affair develops, however, it becomes clear that Franz may not have been worth the sacrifice.

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Special Features The celebrated Film Foundation/Cineteca di Bologna digital restoration, created in consultation with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno and Martin Scorsese (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition) The Wanton Countess, the rarely seen English-language version of the film 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 Visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie “Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti,” a 1966 BBC program exploring Visconti’s mastery 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

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CC556 Senso DVD (1954/Alida Valli) $29.95 $26.99