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.
Brian, ¡cómo te gusta el cine y cómo te la suda el verismo!
DePalma's Hitchcock films >>> DePalma's Gangster films.
Brian DePalma must of found one of Hitchcock's thrown away scripts and tried to out do him.
It is very similar to a Hitchcock film but very below par.
Maybe it should have been shortened down so we get the twist earlier and it might have worked better.
Brian's direction is superb with plenty of background shots or close up's between each character right in front of the camera and behind.
I won't be coming back to this is a hurry and give me a Hitchcock movie any day of the week.
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,…
I have enjoyed the handful of Brian De Palma's films that are most popular here on Letterboxd, but I had such severe allergic reactions to Body Double and Raising Cain that it put me off him for years. Seeing Snake Eyes earlier this year certainly didn't help matters. But after two of De Palma's 70's films, I've been enjoying my little Brian De Palma Retrospective.
The elephant in the room that everyone wants to talk about was less interesting to me than the giallo connection. Due to my own personal obsession, I was thinking more about Don't Look Now, Argento, and Ercoli, than The Gothic Gyre of Lord MacGuffin.
Of course it's a ridiculously implausible plot, with gaps you could…
It's fun to read this as a critique of Hitchcock's carte blanche misogyny, even though that is actually the opposite of what it is. There is an ugliness here that almost overwhelms the economy and naked but deliberate fetish of De Palma's method, possibly evidence of Schrader's script, as liberally as it is adapted. This is in fact what makes the film unique within De Palma's catalog, providing a glimpse of what his films would look like if he had as little restraint as his other major influence, Dario Argento. Despite Obsession's relative lack of actual on-screen violence, it may be De Palma's most frightening film, achieving an absolutely hysterical emotional frenzy by the end, a cap for nearly three…
I generally like DePalma in Hitchcock mode but he tries a little too hard to capture the essence of Vertigo with this one and the result is a film without much momentum.
Brian, ¡cómo te gusta el cine y cómo te la suda el verismo!
Whew. What a stinker.
I am a big fan of this era of De Palma. I love "Sisters", "Carrie", and "Blow Out". This movie was definitely not up to par with any of those titles.
"Obsession" moves slower than molasses. Dragging it's audience through a 98-minute "Vertigo" homage without the beauty, suspense, or allure of the Hitchcock film. Even Bernard Herrmann's soundtrack seems to be saying, "Hey, we did this story already for Hitch, and I just don't have as much energy this time."
The lack of style. The paper-thin predictable plot. Cliff Robertson's stone-faced reactions to everything. John Lithgow's bad fake mustache that changes from grey to blonde in the middle of any given scene. There's a lot to roll your eyes at here, and unlike De Palma's "Body Double", the cheese in this movie doesn't even make it fun.
I still don't think I particularly like Brian DePalma, but man, there is something really incredible happening in this film, and I'm not sure it should work as well as it does. But alas, it does.
Weird vertigo "remake".
Now this is a very interesting entry in De Palma's oeuvre. The film is beautifully shot and filled with interesting cinematography that brings an extremely stylish look. However, the film doesn't look stylish. Obsession is very much a classic film in the sense that it looks like a film shot in the 50s or even prior to that. The film stock, the hazy glow, the art design and costumes; it never feels like a period piece but it constantly has the aesthetic of a much older film.
This aesthetic makes the film extremely interesting visually. This is because the stylish visuals and inventive shots that De Palma excels with are toned down to integrate with the classical aesthetic. This make…
Definitivamente um dos filmes que De Palma melhor concilia o histrionismo formal com uma precisão e uma economia narrativa essencialmente clássica e funcional. Se por um lado ele não se arrisca tanto (até onde é possível pelo menos), por outro é impressionante a habilidade do filme em preservar uma atmosfera de devaneio em toda a sua duração, a câmera situa muito bem esses personagens-espectros que vivem sob um delírio romantizado (a luz e a música em uma sintonia majestosa nesse sentido), que se alimentam desse delírio a todo momento e fazem dessa reverência formal clássica um motivador emocional que se renova constantemente.
Hadn't seen this in several years, and unfortunately, it was just as fascinating - and just as frustrating - as I'd remembered it. Yes, it's a pretty bald rip-off of Vertigo, but despite that it manages to be engrossing and imaginative in the first half - and then it all falls apart by the third act as the proceedings get sillier and sillier.
Magnífica! Amb la mateixa fluidesa amb la que recorrem els carrers de Florència, Brian de Palma narra una història amb evidents ecos de Vertigo. Un dels cims de la magnífica carrera de Brian de Palma.
Excellent! Brian de Palma make us go fluently through the streets of Florence as well through a magnificient plot with an obvious echo of Vertigo. One of the peaks of the great career of Brian de Palma.
500 movies whose poster art has been influenced by the colour yellow. Its taken a few months a lot of…