Film Reviews, Short Review

Ossessione [Obsession] (1943)

3/4

Though it is often credited as the very first film of the Italian Neorealists, Luchino Visconti’s first feature film, Obsession, is a lurid, melodramatic, tense film noir at heart. This isn’t surprising – it was adapted from James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice , and quite frankly, this film outdoes most American noirs at their own game. Obsession really rolls around in its sexual filth like few other films, especially for a film made in Fascist war-time Italy. It still maintains its neorealist edge entirely, although the film is perhaps a little overlong and slowly-paced to truly engage its viewer throughout its whole running time.

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