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  • Actors: Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Stanley Ridges
  • Directors: Curtis Bernhardt
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJPB7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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She loves him when he goes away for months. She loves him when he refuses to marry her. But when callow David Sutton chooses to marry someone else, Louise Howell's love for him takes a darker turn. Give her a gun and she'll love him to death. Joan Crawford reteams with producer Jerry Wald of her Academy Award -winning Mildred Pierce' and claims a 1947 Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of tempestuous, mentally unstable Louise. "'I love you' is such an inadequate way of saying I love you," Louise says. "It doesn't quite describe how much it hurts sometimes:" With Crawford at her film-noir-queen best, be assured it hurts so good.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2012
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Possessed is directed by Curtis Bernhardt and adapted to screenplay by Silvia Richards and Ranald MacDougall from a story by Rita Weiman. It stars Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raynond Massey and Geraldine Brooks. Music is by Franz Waxman and cinematography by Joseph Valentine.

After wandering around the streets of Los Angeles in a daze, Louise Howell (Crawford) collapses in a diner and admitted to hospital. From there, prompted under medication, she begins to reveal a rather sad story...

Film begins with quite a kick, a dazed looking Crawford, stripped of make-up, wanders around a ghostly looking Los Angeles uttering the name David. Once she enters the hospital, we switch to flashback mode and the makers unfurl a noir tale of mental illness, oneirism, hopeless love and death. German director Bernhardt (Conflict/High Wall) and his cinematographer Valentine (Shadow of a Doubt/Sleep, My Love) deal in expressionistic methods to enhance the story. Light and shadows often marry up to Louise's fractured state of mind, motif association flits in and out of the plotting and there's some striking imagery used; such as a body dragged from a lake and Louise framed in a rain speckled window.

The lines of reality are impressively blurred, ensuring the viewers remain in a state of not ever being sure of what is real. There's a deft disorientation about the production, where fatalism looms large and sadness is all too evident in our troubled femme protagonist. Principal cast performances are of a high standard, with Crawford (Academy Award Nominated) leading the way with one of those wide eyed turns that perfectly treads the thin line between fraught and tender. While laid over the top is a score from Waxman that emphasises the key segments of poor Louise's mental disintegration.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cinephilo on 17 Dec. 2008
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The director Curtis Bernhardt together with Robert Siodmak (The Killers 1946, Criss Cross 1949), Max Ophuls (Letter From an Unknown Woman 1948, The Reckless Moment 1949, Caught 1949) and Douglas Sirk (All I desire 1953, Written on the Wind 1956, Imitation of Life 1959) are some of those great German born American directors who are masters in dramatic expression through a strong visual style.

There are moments in the film that everything gets a personality, the rain or a window get a kind of personality and they become more rains and more windows that the ones we meet in our everyday life.

What these German people left for humanity is a style based on the composition of the frames. Somehow it looks like frames which are one by one and in themselves well balanced and well composed still pictures.

But the beauty of the image is not the only force of this great film. In Possessed there are also strong acting, deep psychology of characters and a great dramatic sense of the whole.

I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Russell on 7 Aug. 2014
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Joan Crawford has a marvellous time as the sort of woman men should avoid like the plague doing what she did best, which is emote on all cylinders. Van Heflin is terrific as the womanising man whom she adores, but who has the sense to ditch her and the lack of sense to make it with her step daughter as Joan, abandoned, has married Raymond Massey whose sick wife she had been nursing. It was the sort of role stars seeking an Oscar would take on - and boy does Joan seize all the chances. It is told in flashback, she starts off drab and ill, becomes that nice nurse who consoles her employer, and moves on to gorgeous gowns and lots of emoting. Lovely stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Twigg on 27 Aug. 2014
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One of Crawfords best films at Warners strong story and acting from all is first rate
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