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Visconti’s Neglected ‘Senso’ Snubbed Brando, Lost Bergman: DVD

Luchino Visconti was a rare combination, a great filmmaker who was also a great opera director. It’s regrettable that he never directed an opera for the movies, though many of his films are operatically scaled, with sequences that play like arias.

His masterpiece, “The Leopard” (1963), starring Burt Lancaster as a Sicilian aristocrat during Italy’s unification in 1860, most resembles an opera in terms of its passion and brio.