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Visconti’s “Senso” at the Bower’s Museum July 21 @ 2:00 p.m.

Date 07.16.2013

The Italian Cultural Arts Council presents, Cinema Italiano!

Directed by Luchino Visconti

SUNDAY, July 21, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m.
(reception/refreshments at 1:30 p.m.)

Bowers Museum 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
In the state-of-the art, ultra deluxe Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Adults $10, Students: $5 (no need to RSVP)

Venezia, spring of 1866, in the last days of the Austrian occupation. A performance of Il Trovatore ends up in confusion due to an anti-Austrian demonstration, organized by Count Ussoni. His cousin Countess Serpieri falls in love with vile Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler, but the times are changing.

In 1866, in the spring of Venice, an underground rebel movement against the Austrian occupation in Italy is getting stronger. The married Countess Livia Serpieri (Alida Valli) sees her cousin challenging the Austrian Lieutenant Franz Mahler (Farley Granger) for a duel in the opera and being arrested and sent to the exile for one year. When she meets Mahler, she first hates him but after a night together walking along the streets in Venice, she falls deeply in love for him, becoming his mistress. When the war starts, she moves to her property in the country missing Mahler. When he visits her during a night, she forgets her principles, decency and betrayals her cause with cruel and tragic consequences.