Ossessione

Film

Time Out says

Visconti's stunning feature debut transposes The Postman Always Rings Twice to the endless, empty lowlands of the Po Delta. There, an itinerant labourer (Girotti) stumbles into a tatty roadside trattoria and an emotional quagmire. Seduced by Calamai, he disposes of her fat, doltish husband (De Landa), and the familiar Cain litany - lust, greed, murder, recrimination - begins. Ossessione is often described as the harbinger of neo-realism, but the pictorial beauty (and astute use of music, often ironically) are pure Visconti, while the bleak view of sexual passion poaches on authentic noir territory, steeped, as co-scriptwriter Giuseppe De Santis put it, 'in the air of death and sperm'.

Details

Release details

Duration:
139 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Luchino Visconti
Screenwriter:
Luchino Visconti, Mario Alicata, Giuseppi De Santis, Gianni Puccini, Antonio Pietrangeli
Cast:
Clara Calamai
Massimo Girotti
Juan De Landa
Dhia Cristiani
Elio Marcuzzo
Vittorio Duse
Michele Riccardini