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Ossessione
Italy - 1942
Directed by Luchino Visconti


Gino (Massimo Girotti), a young man looking for work, drifts in to a small roadside trattoria.  He falls in love with Giovanna (Clara Calamai), the unhappy young wife of the owner.  They eventually plan to kill her husband, but Gino is riddled with guilt.   Eyewitnesses come forward to say that Gino and Giovanna were seen leaving the scene of the staged "accident". 

Based on the James M. Cain novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, this strong psychological drama was banned by Mussolini and all the negatives were destroyed.   Luckily, director Luchino Visconti saved a copy.  The location footage offers a rare opportunity to see background extras (all of whom seemed very thin) who were living through those tumultuous times, even as the cameras rolled.

Runtime:  112 Minutes

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