Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking resemblance to his wife.
I was enjoying this as an essay about itself/about remaking VERTIGO (and probably some other stuff I missed while in the bathroom), then that masterful final sequence hit and the needle went from 3 1/2 to four stars, because I realized I kind of cared about these tragic characters too.
If the critics and nerdlingers who decried this for being "nothing but a Hitchcock knock-off" only knew what the popular cinema landscape was like now, they would probably kill their own wife and daughter for something even remotely as technically well executed and idiosyncratic as this.
DePalma's Hitchcock films >>> DePalma's Gangster films.
It's played for pure sensationalism, but wow, just take the opening for example: the cuts come hard and fast, the shots are incisive close-ups. This is De Palma working much more abstractly than Hitchcock, his focus is on creating poignant and indelible images that seem to have the singular purpose of driving towards striking horror (perhaps more purely achieved in his next film, The Fury). Of course, the structure is complex and plot perhaps overwrought, but that's what defines this as a De Palma fim complete with self-aware irony and smiling nods to its influences. A stylish and bold piece of thriller.
What's good film criticism anyway if not love distorted by memory and private fears?
I've got a problem with John Lithgow.
The thing is that whenever he's in a film where he starts off as a good guy, I just spend the whole film waiting for the moment where he does something despicable. Because it WILL come. It has to. Because he's John Lithgow and he's ALWAYS a bad guy.
Now I'm not saying whether he undergoes that transformation in Obsession. That isn't even the point. The point is that I've seen him play so many villains that I thought I was going to sit watching Obsession thinking to myself, "Yeah yeah, John, you're a lovely guy, now just stab Cliff Robertson in the face and get it over and done with,…
A: Why did Brian De Palma cross the road?
A: Because he saw Hitchcock do it first.
I like when De Palma hits a lurid showboat stride and drags Hitchcockian thriller psychoses screaming into the gauzy light. So, I was a little disappointed Obsession plays mostly straight and understated (by De Palma standards at least). But that helluva twist! And slow motion airport running and forced perspective shrinking and camera circling like a hysteric who uncovered a deep dark secret. The movie feels like a baby step toward more outre and heightened psychodramas like Dressed to Kill and Body Double. But we all gotta start somewhere, right?
Also, I loved John Lithgow as a Cajun fine art lover! Him and his 15-years-later salt'n'pepper stache got me through the bumpy patches.
De Palma marries "Vertigo" with "Rebecca" and the slightly messed-up offspring is "Obsession".
Im not that much into films from before i was born but this is definitely an exciting thriller from de Palma. It sets a chilling mood that keeps the hairs on the back of your neck tingeling throughout and with a great finish. Lithgow does great in this bad guy with a good guys facade but Robertson is brilliant in this film. Happy i watched it.
Stumbled across this one in the local library and had to lend it to watch it. A Brian de Palma film I hadn't yet seen. This one is all about the mood and has a great score as well. It kept me hooked from the start to the finish.
"you still love Elizabeth, that's why you want me"
my hands are really cold
- Probably my least favourite of De Palmas so far
- I found myself extremely bored during the 2nd act
- The reveal was really predictable in my opinion
- By the end, the more you think about this film, the more f*cked up it is
- Lithgow's performance steals the show yet again
- All the real estate stuff was boring
- Was airport security really that bad in the 70's, Michael just walks through with a gun in his hand
- It's got an awesome soundtrack
- Can definitely see why Hitchcock thinks this is a rip off of Vertigo
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Gotta be honest here, that guy was pretty chill considering he almost married his daughter.
Um De Palma mais classudo que demente. Cliff Robertson com carisma zero.
Brian de Palma is the closest one can come to a new Hitchcock. A thriller with some nasty emotional twists and a lovely bit of Italian travelogue thrown in. I don't want to say too much about it to avoid giving anything away, but I found it gripping.
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