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A black and white photograph of a young man

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Ossessione

PG

24 Feb

Visconti’s directorial debut, illicitly adapting James M. Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, casts Massimo Girotti and Clara Calamai as the doomed lovers with murder on their minds.

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  • The narrative is embryonic film noir, while the style prefigures neo-realism – even if, due to its banning by Fascist authorities and copyright difficulties in the US, it went largely unseen until both movements were well-established. But the operatic sensibility, unfettered emotion and fascination with characters at the mercy of romantic obsession are pure Visconti.