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Restless wife Giovanna meets Gino, a rough and handsome drifter. Their passionate affair leads to the murder of Giovanna__s boorish husband.

Restless wife Giovanna meets Gino, a rough and handsome drifter. Their passionate affair leads to the murder of Giovanna__s boorish husband.

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Restless wife Giovanna meets Gino, a rough and handsome drifter. Their passionate affair leads to the murder of Giovanna's boorish husband. Adapted from James M Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, a suggestion made to Luchino Visconti by Jean Renoir, Ossessione is an electrifying tale of the seductive and destructive power of human sexuality. It heralded a new era of Italian cinema, establishing Visconti as a leading and controversial exponent of neo-realism.

On its release in 1942, Ossessione outraged the Italian Fascist government with its shocking and authentic portrayal of proletarian life and was condemned as immoral and subversive. Heavily censored, it was initially suppressed from international distribution by MGM who subsequently produced their own version four years later. It was only in 1959 that a 112-minute version was played in Paris and a full seventeen years before American audiences finally saw the full 140-minute director's cut.

Restless wife Giovanna meets Gino, a rough and handsome drifter. Their passionate affair leads to the murder of Giovanna's boorish husband. Adapted from James M Cain's novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, a suggestion made to Luchino Visconti by Jean Renoir, Ossessione is an electrifying tale of the seductive and destructive power of human sexuality. It heralded a new era of Italian cinema, establishing Visconti as a leading and controversial exponent of neo-realism.

On its release in 1942, Ossessione outraged the Italian Fascist government with its shocking and authentic portrayal of proletarian life and was condemned as immoral and subversive. Heavily censored, it was initially suppressed from international distribution by MGM who subsequently produced their own version four years later. It was only in 1959 that a 112-minute version was played in Paris and a full seventeen years before American audiences finally saw the full 140-minute director's cut.

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  • Commentary by David Forgacs, Professor of Italian at University College London and Lesley Caldwell, Associate Fellow, Italian Department, UCL
  • Biography of Luchino Visconti and photograph

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SKU 5035673005804
Catalogue Number BFIVD580
Subtitle A film by Luchino Visconti
Product contents
  • Commentary by David Forgacs, Professor of Italian at University College London and Lesley Caldwell, Associate Fellow, Italian Department, UCL.
  • Biography of Luchino Visconti.
Year 1942
Director Visconti, Luchino
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries Italy
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English
Language(s) Italian
Running time 140
DVD region 2
Certificate PG

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