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Ossessione Poster
Released Runtime Category
1943 140 Foreign Language, Mystery/Thrillers, Romance
Director Language
Luchino Visconti Italian
Clara Calamai, Massimo Girotti, Juan De Landa


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What's it About

After handsome drifter Gino (Girotti) finds work in an out-of-the-way inn run by the nasty Braganda (De Landa), he finds himself resisting the advances of Giovanna (Calamai), the proprietor's sultry young wife. Eventually, Gino succumbs to Giovanna's allure, and plots with her to murder the old man in what they hope will look like a traffic accident.

Why we love it

In 1943, still under the nose of fascist censors, the great Visconti directed this sizzling, unauthorized adaptation of James Cain's novel “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” which would finally get made in America three years later. Often referred to as the first neo-realist film, it comes off more as earthy, tingling melodrama. Regardless of how you categorize it, “Ossessione” stacks up admirably against later versions of this definitive crime of passion story.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"