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.
DePalma's Hitchcock films >>> DePalma's Gangster films.
What's good film criticism anyway if not love distorted by memory and private fears?
Brian, ¡cómo te gusta el cine y cómo te la suda el verismo!
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,…
De Palma gets out his Hitchcock instruction manual and proceeds to build a pretty good machine. All the parts are on display in grand operatic style including the Bernard Herrmann score. And, as usual, he adds more kinky oil to grease the appropriate cogs and wheels and pulleys of enjoyment. Influences of VERTIGO abound including the maddening crazy plot of the bad guy. But, do you really care how maddening it is? Just let it swirl about you like De Palma's final camera climax.
I absolutely adored the score and the cinematography in this film. I thought the story was great even if it was a little too Hitchcock-esque. I didn't actually see the twist coming at all and found it quite shocking! I think I actually much preferred this to Carrie that De Palma directed and released the same year. The editing is especially a lot more fluent with better performances and just as many memorable scenes. A really smart mystery thriller indeed.
No me creo la casualidad de que en su primera película interesante en lo visual los méritos fueran más de De Palma que de Zsigmond.
Por otra parte acojona la entrega de Bernard Herrmann. ¿Venganza?
El incesto y la venganza son sublimes, más aun con la foto es de Vilmos Zigsmond.
Didn't enjoy this as much on a second viewing, but still an interesting and enjoyable film. The first half especially, referencing Vertigo almost as if to use the film as a window for entrance into a much stranger, unexpected, place. Where the source material is quick, clean and neat, DePalma's vision is messy and indulgent, while retaining Vertigo's sense of melancholy and awe. The result is an experience that almost entirely consists of mood, using beautiful photography of Italy and quickly dispensed with plot as its platform.
If you're going to steal blatantly from a master then you better do it well. If one can say anything about 70's and 80's Brian De Palma it's that he stole from Hitchcock well. Obsession is unabashedly a remix of Hitchcock's "Vertigo," the locations and character biographies a few spins of the record away from the original masterpiece. Cliff Robertson (who you'll recognize from many smaller parts) plays the man who loses everything, then obsesses over a shot at getting it all back. Underrated John Lithgow plays his more easy-going best friend, a window into the madness for the audience. What unfolds is expected, but never easy, as De Palma pulls few punches.
What sets Obsession apart however is a…
Pulpy Hitchcock rip off with added incestuous thoughts, a great score and performance from Cliff Robertson.
The title of this film refers to how I feel about De Palma's work since discovering that he's the best director.
A bond rebuilt through the haunting of an image. A monument of guilt endures with time, candles in the past burning bright into the now. Zsigmond pulsates the light of the present, erasing these old flames, years of hate and regret, sweat and tears, Herrmann cries, De Palma slows the moment, savoring the release. One of the most emotional endings in cinema, don't forget to breathe.
So seeing as Vertigo is my favourite film, Bernard Hermann is my favourite film composer and being as I'm always drawn tirelessly and relentlessly to the themes of guilt, obsession, the search for expiation and personal redemption, how could I have possibly gone wrong with this?
Well I couldn't. It's great.
Come hell or high water I will watch these films this year.
They are a mixture of things I haven't…