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
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Booklet, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Ossessione, made in 1942 and banned in Italy by Mussolini, is a powerful delineation of the ill-fated love between Gino, a virile young drifter who arrives by chance at a roadside restaurant and filling station, and Giovanna, the beautiful young wife of the fat old man who owns the place. Giovanna's husband disgusts her; every time he touches her she wants to scream. Gino leaves, only to return because he can't get her out of his blood. They kill her husband, but his death haunts the guilt-ridden Gino. ...Ossessione (1943)