If there is particular area of writing that Criterion does better than just about 99% of other outlets, it’s the sort of remembrance piece.
In an utterly fantastic piece on a writer’s memories of the late Peter Brunette, which is a real must read for those who are interested in either that style of writing or film in general, the company also does something out of the ordinary.
According to the piece, the company has neo-announced the release of a 1954 adaptation of Camillo Boito’s novella, Senso. The film, directed by Luchino Visconti, starred Alida Valli and Farley Granger, and follows a Countess who betrays her country, to have an affair with a well to do Austrian Lieutenant. Not one to straight up announce films being released prior to their monthly e-mail, this is definitely a fantastic announcement.
Personally, while I’ve never seen the film, the more Visconti that we can get into the collection, the much, much better off we would be. The connection here is that at the time of the interview that will be featured on the release of the upcoming Senso DVD/Blu-ray, the legendary film critic and scholar Brunette was working on a book on the life of Visconti, just like those of Antonioni and Rossellini, which he is often best known for.
The film sounds really interesting, and a welcome addition to the collection. Also, hopefully the interview will indeed be included in what appears to be a release that has been a long time coming. In the meantime, give this really interesting piece a read.
Luchino Visconti’s epic, The Leopard, will be released on Blu-ray this Tuesday, June 29th. The 3-disc DVD edition is already available for purchase.