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Senso '45

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Senso '45
Senso 45 Poster.jpg
Original Italian Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Tinto Brass
Release Date 2002
Language Italian
Studio Cine 2000
Distributor Eagle Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Livia Mazzoni Anna Galiena
Helmut Schultz Gabriel Garko
Ugo Oggiano Franco Branciaroli
Carlo Antonio Salines
Elsa Simona Borioni
Ninetta Loredana Cannata

Senso '45 (released in USA under the original title and in UK and some other countries as Black Angel) is a 2002 Italian romantic drama directed by Tinto Brass and starring Anna Galiena and Gabriel Garko. The movie is a loosely based on the novel Senso (1882) by Camillo Boito, being a second screen adaptation of the original novel after Luchino Visconti's 1954 film. Unlike the novel and Visconti's film, in this version the story is set in Nazi-controlled North Italy in March 1945. Livia Mazzoni, the wife of high rank Fascist official, goes to Venice to meet her lover, SS officer Helmut Schultz.

The movie is shot partially in color and partially in B&W.

The following weapons were used in the film Senso '45:


Bodeo M1889

In a scene that depicts the filming of a movie Tradimento ("Treachery"), an actor in the role of jealous husband (Lele Masiol) uses a Bodeo M1889 to "kill" his unfaithful wife and her lover and "shoot himself".

Bodeo Model 1889 Type I - 10.35 Italian
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The bearded man fires at his wife.
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Then he shoots her lover. Note the extended position of the ejector rod, possibly because this revolver is well-worn (such feature is common with screen Nagant M1895 revolvers but can be seen also on other models).
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The man shoots himself. In this moment the ejector rod of the revolver is on place.

Unidentified revolvers

When members of the Resistance in Venice interrupt a theater performance, one of them holds a pair of barely seen revolvers.

A man with black cover on his face holds two revolvers.


Walther P38

Lieutenant (to be precise, SS Obersturmfuhrer) Helmut Schultz (Gabriel Garko) carries a Walther P38 in several scenes. His pistol is also seen in hands of Livia Mazzoni (Anna Galiena). In the said scene in Venetian theater, the leader of Resistance group carries a holster for P38; it's hard to say if there is a pistol inside.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A good view of Walther holster of early pattern on the belt of the Resistance group leader.
Schultz carries a Walther holster in the scene in the antique shop. This is aso an early pattern holster but of different model.
Schultz holds his pistol during the Blackshirts raid.
Livia aims the pistol at her lover and threatens to kill him if he will cheat on her.
A close view of the P38.
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Helmut Schultz holds his Walther during Livia's unexpected visit to his apartments.
Note that the muzzle of the pistol is blocked.
Livia holds the P38 on a promotional image.

Glisenti Model 1910

One of the members of the Resistance in the said scene in Venetian theater holds a Glisenti Model 1910 pistol.

Glisenti Model 1910 - 9mm Glisenti
A man at the right holds a Glisenti pistol.
The bottom of the grip of Glisenti pistol can be seen on top left.
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Another view of the Resistance fighter's pistol.

Beretta M1934

One more member of the Resistance in the said scene in Venetian theater is armed with a Beretta M1934 pistol. In another scene an SS Hauptsturmfuhrer carries a Beretta M1934 in holster.

Beretta M1934 - .380 ACP
A Beretta M1934 is seen in hand of a Resistance fighter at the right.
Same man raises his pistol at the left.
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An SS officer carries a Beretta M1934 in holster (the holster itself is for Walther P38, of a late pattern). Typical finger spur on Beretta M1934 magazine is seen.

Luger P08

An SS officer in charge of the firing squad during the execution of Helmut Schultz holds a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
An officer holds his pistol.
He delivers the death blow to Schultz.

Mauser C96

When Italian partisans stop the car of Venetian lawyer Ugo Oggiano (Franco Branciaroli), their commander (uncredited) is armed with a Mauser C96. Closeups allow to identify the exact model as "Wartime Commercial".

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser. The screen gun is "Wartime Commercial" model that lacks a hole through the knob at the end of the safety lever.
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Partisans commander aims his Mauser.
A side view of the pistol. Note the solid knob at the end of the safety lever.
A general view of the scene.
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A good closeup of the pistol. Note that the muzzle is blocked.

Unidentified pistol

A female partisan Cornelia (uncredited) carries an unidentified pistol at her belt. Only the grip can be seen.

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Submachine Guns

Beretta Model 38A

A group of Blackshirts of Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale (MVSN, "Voluntary Militia for National Security") in raid on Venetian streets carry Beretta Model 38A submachine guns.

Beretta Model 38A - 9x19mm
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Blackshirts convoy arrestees.
A Blackshirt with Beretta 38A.
He shoots a woman who runs after her arrested husband.
A Blackshirt with Beretta 38A.

FNA-B 43

FNA-B 43 submachine guns are used by Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana (GNR, "National Republican Guard") guardsmen.

FNA-B 43 with 40-round magazine - 9x19mm
Guardsmen, carrying FNA-B 43 SMGs, stop and mock a young couple.
Another view of the scene.
A closer view of a FNA-B 43.
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Another view of the scene.
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Blackshirts with FNA-B 43 SMGs guard the body of executed hostage.


Blackshirts also carry TZ-45 SMGs.

TZ-45 with extended stock - 9x19 mm
Blackshirts stand over a killed woman and her crying child. Both are armed with TZ-45 SMGs (better seen the one at the left).
A TZ-45 is seen at the right.
TZ-45 SMGs are used by Blackshirts who gave Livia and Ugo a ride to Venice in their truck.
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Closeups of TZ-45.
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Blackshirts with TZ-45s in the truck.


An MP28 is used by a partisan.

Haenel MP28/II - 9x19mm
A partisan at the left holds an MP28 when the group stops Ugo's car.
Another view of the partisan with MP28 at the left.
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Same man with his MP28 at the right.


A female partisan Cornelia (uncredited) is armed with an MP40 SMG. In the scenes in Venice MP40s are used by Waffen SS soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Cornelia carries an MP40.
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German soldiers guard SS headquarters in Venice.
A soldier carries an MP40. MP40s is also seen in a row at the right wall.
MP40s is seen in a row at the right wall. Below the submachine guns is a row of Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades.
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A firing squad with MP40 during the execution of Helmut Schultz.


Carcano M91 TS Modificato

One of the partisans is armed with a Carcano short rifle. The lenth of the gun, position of sling swivels and visible bayonet lug allow to identify the exact model as Carcano M91 TS Modificato (Carcano M91/24 is also possible but seems less likely).

Carcano M91 TS Modificato (Modified) - 6.5x52mm
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A partisan with Carcano short rifle at the left.
The rifle is seen on the ground.


Triple Barreled Shotgun/Rifle

One of the partisans is armed with a triple barreled combination gun with two side by side shotgun barrels and the third, relatively thin barrel below.

For comparison: Three-barreled Drilling combination gun, marked Waffenhaus Kneifel-Eisenrich - 16 gauge & .303 British. The screen gun seems to have smaller caliber of rifled barrel.
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The partisan with shotgun stands at the right. The thin barrel can be seen below two side by side shotgun barrels.
Same man, now without hat, stands at the left.

Machine Guns


A Waffen SS soldier holds a ZB-26 machine gun (German designation for this weapon was MG 26(t)).

ZB26 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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A soldier of the guards of SS headquarters takes a ZB-26 from a crate.

MG 34

Several MG 34 machine guns are seen at the SS headquarters.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG 34 is seen at the background right.
Two MG 34 stand on both sides of the doors.
A closer view of an MG 34 at the left.

Breda Modello 30

A Breda Modello 30 machine gun is also seen at the SS headquarters.

Breda Modello 30 - 6.5x52mm Carcano
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A Breda Modello 30 can be seen at the background right.

Bergmann MG 15nA (?)

A machine gun, seen at the background in one scene, looks similar to Bergmann MG 15nA but it's too vague.

Bergmann MG 15nA - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Note the massive shoulder rest and the position of pistol grip just behind the bipod (or tripod). This machine gun lacks carry handle over the barrel that was used on MG 15nA but this piece was removable.

Scotti-Isotta-Fraschini 20/70 Modello 1939/1941

A 20mm AA autocannon Scotti-Isotta-Fraschini 20/70 (often referred as 20/77 after the German measurement of its barrel length) is seen on a Venetian street.

Scotti-Isotta-Fraschini 20/70 - 20x138mmB. Wartime photo of the autocannon on position, South Italy, 1943.
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A Scotti 20mm AA autocannon on Venetian street. A cylindrical object on a stand next to the anti-aircraft gun can be a small searchlight.

Other Weapons

SRCM Mod. 35

Patrolmen of Guardia Nazionale Repubblicana carry SRCM Mod. 35 hand grenades. Grenades are khaki colored that indicates post-war production.

SRCM Mod. 35 High-Explosive hand grenade. This is a wartime version with red colored body.
Both men carry SRCM Mod. 35 hand grenades. A holster for a compact pistol, most likely for Beretta M1934, is seen on the belt of a man at the left.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranate hand grenades are seen in SS headquarters.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A row of Model 24 grenades is seen below the MP40s near the right wall.

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