Sublime!06 Junho 2020
"Soberbio melodrama, basado en un relato de Camillo Boito, en el que se ìnarraban los trágicos amores entre una aristócrata italiana y un cínico ìoficial austríaco en la turbulenta época de la unificación. Está planteado ìdesde un espíritu y un ritmo netamente operísticos y, en este sentido, la ìsecuencia inicial tiene un valor emblemático. Su fuerza pasional y su ìelegante puesta en escena constituyen la envoltura idónea para una aguda ìreflexión sobre el individuo y la Historia."
"Visconti's "Senso" (1954) opens in an opera house and in a way never leaves it. This is a passionate and melodramatic romance, with doomed lovers, posturing soldiers, secret meetings at midnight , bold adultery and dramatic deaths. That it mostly takes place is Venice appropriate--Venice, that city where every view is a backdrop for an aria."
""I dislike people behaving like characters in some melodrama," declares a tremulous Alida Valli, portraying the ill-fated Contessa Livia Serpieri in Luchino Visconti's Technicolor spectacle Senso, like his later masterpiece The Leopard set against the battle for Italian unification in the 1860s. Worthy of being considered part of a diptych with that subsequent, more elegiac epic, this 1954 romance may not appeal to those impervious to tragedies of a woman helpless before lust and a faithless lover, but Visconti so entwines the contessa's ignoble affair with a younger, opportunistic Austrian officer (imported Hollywood hunk Farley Granger) and the triumph of Garibaldi's army that the sexual and political betrayals stir up a satisfying, occasionally momentous blend of emotions: humiliation, the shames of betrayal and defeat, and personal vengeance exacted in the shadows of an old social order's passing. From the opening scenes of a Venetian performance of Il Trovatore, the filmmaker (who began a stellar opera-directing career soon after Senso) and co-scenarist Suso Cecchi D'Amico pitch the countess's road-to-ruin story, loosely based on an 1880s novella, with the fervid, larger-than-life passions of a 19th-century musical opus. "