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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.
LA DONNA CHE VISSE DUE VOLTE
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 wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his deceased wife.
Masterful exercise in Hitchcock style clearly referencing Vertigo; atmosphere and tension are well are finely recreated, and the plot has some slight twists without being too complex.
D E P A L M A
yea boii this it. whew deja vu
Obsession is Brian De Palma's Vertigo. A man meets a woman who looks like his dead wife and becomes obsessed with her in this film, which is a plot line that surely sounds familiar to anyone that's seen Vertigo. Unfortunately this film didn't really do much for me. I've enjoyed all the other De Palma films I've seen so far including the one's that are similar to Hitchcock's work, but this one just doesn't work. The performances are nothing too special (John Lithgow was very good though) and the story just didn't engage me like other De Palma films. I found myself checking the time on multiple occasions despite the fact that the film is less than 100 minutes. Like Vertigo is does has a great score from Bernard Herrmann, but other than that it failed to keep me interested. It's not a bad film, but it is certainly a disappointing one. 6/10
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While Obsession deserves to be evaluated on its own terms, it is impossible not to compare it to Vertigo. In all aspects it falls short; I'd rather watch Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak than Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold, respectively (although John Lithgow is the best); Hitchcock's 1958 San Francisco is so much more beautiful than De Palma's 1976 New Orleans and Florence; even Bernard Herrmann's score here is more bombastic than the one for Vertigo.
De Palma and Schrader and Herrmann doing Hitchcock and Herrmann doing Vertigo.
When I was about 15 I thought this film was amazing. In fact, I dug it so much, while Vertigo left me nonplussed. Things have swung the other way now and Obsession's effect on me has lessened over the years. But every now and then I give it a watch and still enjoy it.
Brian De Palma is endlessly entertaining. This film is over the top (the OTT Bernard Hermann score is genius), as with all De Palma films, but it's crammed with innovation. Amidst all of this, it's still a genuinely emotional movie- I wasn't convinced by Cliff Robertson until the scene where he meets Bujold in the church in Florence, and then his face is an acting masterclass- still and devastated and hopeful, all at once. Fantastic,
Obsession gives more nods than Funko Pop! bobble head; part Hitchcock homage, part Sirk. Still, there's plenty of room for De Palma to put his own stamp on it; which of course, he does. His use of sound is something that is noticeable, pulling the right strings at the right time. It doesn't hurt when Bernard Hermann is scoring tho!
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