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Ossessione

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Ossessione

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti
director:
Luchino Visconti

We gave it an A-

OSSESSIONE Massimo Girotti, Clara Calamai (1943, Image, 142 mins., unrated, subtitled, only on DVD) James M. Cain may not be credited, but there’s no question that director-cowriter Luchino Visconti, in his feature debut, reworked Cain’s steamy crime-and-ironic-punishment novel The Postman Always Rings Twice (and added a homoerotically charged subplot). Transposing the action to a bleak rural Italy, Visconti does nearly as good a job as Hollywood did four years later, and trumps the lame Bob Rafelson 1981 remake with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange.

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