Ossessione (1943)

Memorable adaptation of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice to the milieu of early-1940s Italy. A drifter becomes involved with the wife of a small-town innkeeper, and the two decide to murder her husband. Italian neo-realist… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1943
DVD 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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James McCourt
Film Comment Magazine

Ossessione is the fully achieved work of a matured artist, and in the last analysis it heralds nothing but the oracular career of one of the very greatest of the elect in that still small clutch of film masters.

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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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Noel Murray
AV Club

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

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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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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

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Matthew Sorrento

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
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
George Matalliotakis
Visconti's first film is a marvellous fatalistic work that goes beyond the crime thriller genre conventions it employes to tell its story. It is an… 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