Ossessione

Ossessione

Obsession

DVD - 2002 | Italian
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The story 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. 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. The film was banned and censored for years, and launched the neorealist movement in Italian cinema.

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pianomarket
Mar 20, 2017

This black and white movie was made in 1942, four years before the movie it is compared to, John Garfield's The Postman Always Rings Twice. In this love triangle the first half is fast paced until the murder and then it is a long guilt trip to the end. The guilt trip is realistic and there is on screen chemistry between the leading actors. Ladies may want to tune in for the handsome Massimo Girotti. Italian with English subtitles.

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princeofdarkness
Oct 13, 2016

'Wanderlust' is an interesting word - part 'wander', part 'lust'. Gino has trouble deciding which of these alternatives to choose. Freedom, answering to no one but himself, or lust, attaching himself to one woman and an ultimately conventional life? Does he make the right choice? Each kind of life has its virtues and temptations. It's admirable that Visconti leaves that decision to his audience, although I have a suspicion that I can guess where his sympathies lie. It's also admirable that he widened the scope of the story and made it less about the crime and more about the people, as the American version of the story did. This is part of the neorealist movement in Italian film, so we see realism in both character and setting, along with social commentary. It was also nice to see additional and substantial characters contributing to the storyline, rather than having the protagonists deal exclusively with internal conflicts. It would've been the easy way out for some filmmakers but it made this film a more rewarding experience.

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akirakato
Dec 04, 2012

Ossessione (Obsession) is a 1943 film based on the novel ("The Postman Always Rings Twice") by James M. Cain.
Luchino Visconti’s first feature film, it is considered by many to be the first Italian neorealist film, though there is some debate about whether such a categorization is accurate.
Passion turns deadly when beautiful but frustrated Giovanna finds herself helplessly drawn to Gino, a handsome drifter staying at her inn.
Repulsed by her husband, Giovanna begs Gino to rid her of the unappreciative fat old man.
The course of cold-blooded murder never runs smoothly, however, and soon the lovers are trapped in a downward spiral of deception, jealousy and cruel fate.
It's a fascinating and thought-provoking film.

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