A restless wife, Giovanna, meets Gino, a rough and handsome vagabond. Their passionate affair leads to the murder of Giovanna's boorish husband. Can a strong and sensual affair survive the guilt? Adapted from the James M. Cain's classic novel 'The Postman Always Rings Twice', 'Ossessione' is a dark and provocative drama of sexual tension. It heralded a new era of Italian cinema, establishing Luchino Visconti as a leading and controversial exponent of 'neo-realism'.
Italian version of The Postman Always Rings Twice.
- Ossessione review by Steve Mason
Visconti's dirty, baleful proto-neorealist classic on the spiritual corrosiveness of poverty. Represents a true cinematic leap forward. Makes the American crime dramas of the period look like the work of the Children's Film Foundation.