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Ossessione

  • Film
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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'.
Written by SJo

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
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