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Often considered one of the first examples of Italian neorealism, Luchino Visconti's first film was this adaptation of James M. Cain's steamy novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, which would also be made twice in the U.S., first in 1946 with Lana Turner and John Garfield and then in 1981 with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange. Massimo Girotti stars as a drifter named Gino, who gets a job at a provincial inn. The handsome wanderer attempts to resist the advances of Giovanna (Clara Calamai), the estranged wife of nasty innkeeper Bragana (Juan de Landa), but he eventually gives in. Gino… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ossessione, which also began the late Mr. Visconti's remarkable film career, may be slow-going to the uninitiated, but its historical importance is not to be denied."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The hardboiled appetites of The Postman Always Rings Twice brushing against European anguish"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The first feature film directed by Luchino Visconti is a beaut and holds up well today as a slice-of-life drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film holds up well today, both as a murder story and as a slice-of-life."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"In something beyond drama and melodrama, diluted American mythos makes for Euro cine refined."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, PopMatters
"Luchino Visconti's first solo effort and the first great Italian neorealist film."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Immerses the story in the reality of life in an Italian village, using simplicity and poverty as driving forces."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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