Ossessione (1943)

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… More

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Release Date: July 16, 2002
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

The hardboiled appetites of The Postman Always Rings Twice brushing against European anguish

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first feature film directed by Luchino Visconti is a beaut and holds up well today as a slice-of-life drama.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

The film holds up well today, both as a murder story and as a slice-of-life.

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Matthew Sorrento

In something beyond drama and melodrama, diluted American mythos makes for Euro cine refined.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Luchino Visconti's first solo effort and the first great Italian neorealist film.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Immerses the story in the reality of life in an Italian village, using simplicity and poverty as driving forces.

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Bob Stinson
Wow, made in Italy in 1943, smack in the middle of WWII - this movie is fiendishly great - sucks you right in. Also, was this Massimo Girotti fellow ever on a… More
Stella Dallas
this italian adaptation of the postman always rings twice predates both the american version and double indemnity. i have to say i think i prefer it to the… More
Stefanie C
Visconti's directoral debut is a cinematic milestone both in noir and neo-realism. Brilliant adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice, depicting the… More
Randy Tippy
Massimo Girotti is the handsome young drifter who falls for the beautiful wife (Clara Calamai) of a roadside restauranteur. Through a progression of lust,… More