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594 Ratings


Directed by Luchino Visconti
Italy, 1943
Drama, Romance, Crime


Gino, a drifter, begins an affair with inn-owner Giovanna as they plan to get rid of her older husband.

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Ossessione Directed by Luchino Visconti
Watching the film today, it is as much Ossessione’s radical sexuality that provides its devastating punch as much as its history. With its title translating literally to ‘obsession’, Nowell-Smith has described it as “a film about the destructive power of sexual passion”15, and the viciousness with which Visconti executes his blistering attack on normative romantic idealism is powerful and complex.
February 04, 2016
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...This all benefits greatly from the Renoir influence, open-air lenses taking in a bocce ball match between lumpy locals or a chummy padre astride a bicycle with a belt of bullets strapped across his cassock, culminating in Girotti and the gay traveling artist (Elio Marcuzzo) tramping like Gabin and Dalio in Grand Illusion.
April 07, 2014
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There are no postmen in Visconti’s proto-neo-realist tragedy, though the source material is James M. Cain The Postman Always Rings Twice... Even the boorish, boarish husband is pitiable—dressed up for a day in town, he climbs a stage and sings, as if to drown out the lovers seated in the audience, quietly planning his death.
December 10, 2014
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