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A film by Luchino Visconti
A restless wife, Giovanna, meets Gino, a rough and handsome vagabond. Their passionate affair leads to the murder of Giovanna's boorish husband. Can a strong and sensual affair survive the guilt? Adapted from James M Cain's classic novel, Ossession is a dark and provocative drama of sexual tension. It heralded a new era of Italian cinema, establishing Luchino Visconti as a leading and controversial exponent of neo-realism.
This DVD includes a commentary by David Forgacs, professor of Italian at University College London, and Lesley Caldwell, Associate Fellow in the Italian Department at UCL.
Italy | 1942 | black & white | Italian language, English subtitles | 140 minutes | Academy ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
Luchino Visconti's 1942 debut film Ossessione is based on James M Cain's short novel The Postman Always Rings Twice. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2012 by Keith M
This refers to the BFI issue of this very good and properly appreciated Visconti debut. Be aware, though, that the transfer has been made from a very poor print. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2011 by Ezekiel Larter