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still from Ossessione (Luchino Visconti, IT 1943)

Ossessione

Ossessione

Luchino Visconti / IT, 1943 / 139 min.

Second film version of the The Postman Always Rings Twice theme, about two lovers who dump their spouses, only to jump from the frying pan into the fire. Everyday reality is exposed in many degrees of humiliation. This film inspired Ivo van Hove to create the play Ossesione. See the exhibition All About Theatre About Film.

poster Ossessione (Luchino Visconti, IT 1943)
Ivo van Hove: “Everyone wants to live a passionate life. This script shows that this is all but impossible, as passion is like the sea, which gives and takes away again, an all-consuming force. This idea of fearing something while at the same time desiring it, for me, is the underlying story at the heart of Obsession.”

Details

Director

Luchino Visconti

Production year

1943

Country

IT

Original title

Ossessione

Length

139 min.

Language

Italian

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

All About Theatre About Film

Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition.

Learn more
All About Theatre About Film: Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
still from Ossessione (Luchino Visconti, IT 1943)
still from Ossessione (Luchino Visconti, IT 1943)

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