Senso

Custoza, Sommacampaga and the Mincio were the setting of the Third Italian War of Independence.

Custoza, Sommacampaga and the Mincio were the setting of the Third Italian War of Independence. In 1953 they were the location for Luchino Visconti’s film Senso, based on the eponymous novel by Camillo Boito, which recounts the events of 1866 through the passionate love affair between the Countess Livia Serpieri and the Austrian army officer Franz Mahler. The cast was headed by Alida Valli and Remo Girotti, the screenplay was by Suso Cecchi D’Amico and Giorgio Bassani, and the dialogue for English version (The Wanton Countess) was written by Tennessee Williams and Paul Bowles. Franco Zeffirelli and Francesco Rosi both worked on the film as Visconti’s assistants. Sixty years after its premiere, the local people still remember and commemorate the commotion caused by the filming, and the emotions of those days are conveyed in the novel Uragano d’Estate by Elena Pigozzi.

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