- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 16, 2002
- Originally Released: 1943
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 06/04/1977
"...Extraordinarily majestic, elegant and romantic....Its historical importance is not to be denied."
Landmark world cinema director Luchino Visconti's first film, and a breakthrough in Italian neo-realism, was banned by the Fascists. With control and meticulous detail, the story follows two lovers who dispose of an unwanted husband only to find their troubles just beginning.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Passion turns deadly in this controversial neo-realist classic from acclaimed director Luchino Visconti (Death in Venice), adapted from James M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice." Beautiful hotel owner Giovanna ("Deep Red's" Clara Calamai) is hopelessly drawn to Gino ("Last Tango in Paris'" Massimo Girotti), a handsome drifter. They decide to kill off her spouse and collect his hefty insurance premium, but soon the lovers are trapped in a spiral of deception, jealousy, and fate. Banned and censored for years, "Ossessione" profoundly affected generations of audiences after causing a stormy religious and political scandal in Italy, and is now available in its original, uncensored director's cut.
Luchino Visconti's Italian Neo-Realist parable is based on James M. Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice."
Gino, a poor, uneducated wanderer, falls in love with Giovanna, the comely but unhappy wife of a fat, aging tavern owner. She longs to escape her unctuous, dull-witted husband Bragana but has no alternative means of survival. When Gino walks into her life, it's as if a world of possibility and passion has opened before her. So the newfound lovers kill the old man and plan their own escape. But once he's dead, a fretful Giovanna grows paranoid, fearing that everyone suspects them. Irritable and apprehensive, Gino also starts to lose nerve. Emotionally demoralized and psychologically unsettled, the fugitives finally realize the fate they've sealed for themselves.
Love Triangle |
- The first feature film directed by Luchino Visconti.
- The first screen adaptation of James M. Cain's novel "The Postman Always Rings Twice."
- Cocinor-Marceau of an ICI production.