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Obsession

Italy, Italian, 140 mins

Original Title

Ossessione
  • Director: Luchino Visconti
  • Writer: James M. Cain; Luchino Visconti
  • Producer: Libero Solaroli

CGiii Comment

The first example of Italian neo-realism...by the Count of Lonate Pozzolo.

Themes of infidelity, promiscuity, homosexuality, murder...poverty and greed...

Considering when this was made, where this was made...during the war, in deeply religious Italy...by a wealthy, gay aristocrat...no wonder the fascists tried to destroy it.

Marlon Brando has been [wrongly] credited with the birth of realism, not everything has to be born in America - the Italians were doing it years before...

The homosexuality is slight but hugely significant in its depiction...as far removed from the 'sissy' of Hollywood...

A massively important film and a remarkable debut from Visconti.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Gino, a young and handsome tramp, stops in a small roadside inn run by Giovanna. She is unsatisfied with her older husband Bragana : she only married him for money. Gino and Giovanna fall in love. But Bragana is inhibiting for their passion, and Giovanna refuses to run away with Gino.

Cast & Characters

Clara Calamai as Giovanna Bragana;
Massimo Girotti as Gino Costa;
Dhia Cristiani as Anita;
Elio Marcuzzo as Lo spagnolo;
Vittorio Duse as L'agente di polizia;
Michele Riccardini as Don Remigio;
Juan de Landa as Giuseppe Bragana;
Michele Sakara as Il bambino

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