Luchino Visconti’s first film, Obsession (1943), shot on location in the Po Delta with stunning photography by Domenico Scala and Aldo Tonti, is widely considered a precursor of postwar neorealism. Drawing on American cinema and crime fiction (it was an unauthorized adaptation of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice) and the French cinema of the Popular Front (Visconti had worked as an assistant director on Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country), it recounts the passionate and murderous love affair of Gino (Massimo Girotti) and Giovanna (Clara Calamai). 140 min. In Italian with English subtitles. BFI. Introduced by David Forgacs, Italian Studies, NYU.
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