|Directed by||Tinto Brass|
|Produced by||Giuseppe Colombo|
|Written by||Tinto Brass|
|Based on||Senso by Camillo Boito|
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Cinematography||Massimo Di Venanzo|
|Edited by||Tinto Brass|
|Distributed by||Eagle Pictures|
Senso '45 (also released internationally as Black Angel) is an Italian erotic drama film written and directed by Tinto Brass, based on the novella Senso by Camillo Boito, also which inspired Luchino Visconti's 1954 film.
Livia Mazzoni, the wife of a senior manager of MinCulPop, departs from Asolo to Venice, where she meets her lover Helmut Schultz, an officer of the SS. During her car trip, Livia remembers the sexual drift that brought her up to that point, overwhelming her in a whirlwind of erotic adventures, illicit trafficking, shady characters who move in the shadow of the disarraying fascist regime in the final months of World War II.
Tinto Brass re-adapted the source novella as Senso '45 in 2002 when he read it and found himself unsatisfied with Visconti's rather liberal adaptation. The film starred Anna Galiena as Livia and Gabriel Garko as her lover. The story of the film is much more faithful to Camillo Boito's work than the earlier adaptation in terms of tone and story, but the action was transported from the War of Unification to the end of World War II, with Remigio becoming a Nazi Lieutenant and Livia updated to being the wife of a high ranking Fascist official. Brass later explained that the change in time was made because he did not want to compete with Visconti's vision of Risorgimento-era Italy.
Unlike the 1954 version, Senso '45 did not romanticize the affair between Livia and Remigio/Mahler (now named "Helmut Schultz" in the new adaptation). Rather, the film showed it as a clinical study of vanity and lust. The film won Italian cinema's "Silver Ribbon" Award for best costume design.
Awards and nominations
Nastro d'Argento Awards (2002)
- Nastro d'Argento for Best Costume Design to Alessandro Lai and Alberto Moretti
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