This article appeared originally back in 2009. “Ossessione” is the finest version of James M Cain’s brilliant erotic tale or lust, murder and betrayal. It is also one of the first examples in the Italian neo-realist movement. The 1946 MGM version with Garfield and Turner while good is too tame and pristine, and the more sexually charged 1981 film with Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange despite the sex just seemed to lack eroticism. Visconti’s bastard version is dark, gritty and sexually charged. Banned in the U.S. for years due to copyright infringement the film had its first American showing at the 1976 New York Film Festival.
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