Recent Italian politics have been chaotic and
outrageous - so what else is new? As can be seen in the terrific period films
in the Harvard Film Archive's series Viva
L'italia! The Risorgimento On Screen, that's pretty much the
way it's always been. The program opens with Luchino Visconti's masterpiece, Senso (1954; 7 pm), a lushly
romantic extravaganza set during the 19th century Italian war for independence
in which a patriotic Venetian countess falls in love with an officer of the
occupying Austrian army.