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,…
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…
Eagle-eyed viewers may notice some slight similarities to Vertigo
The back of the box says "an evil twist" and that is exactly the right word to describe this twist which is very good. Brian De Palma is good. Everything's good.
Obsession was an unexpected treat. While I didn't expect it to blow me away, i wasn't expecting to hate it either but it's a surprisingly great little suspense mystery. Released the same year as Carrie and that could be attributed to why it has been overloooked all these years because Carrie blows Obsession out of the park.
The film is low-key but the movie opens strong and stays that way as DePalma teases us with a string of Hitchcock riffs from Vertigo to Rebecca and featuring an astounding Bernard Herrmann score to boot. Homage or rip-off is for another conversation, but there's no denying the tease lends us certain expectations over where the plot is headed, making the sleazy, un-hitchcokian…
#Brian De Palma-thon
It worked so much better the second time around. Mostly because I used to think that Robertson was miscast and very stiff, but now I see that it's all intentional. I'm not the biggest fan of 70's diffused look, but it really works here well. I like some of his earlier movies better, but you just can see how he evolves as a filmmaker.
Technically flawless as usual with De Palma. But lacking in substance compared with the top movies of De Palma.
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…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
From his book Essential Cinema.
A huge thanks to everyone who added films, helped me find films with alternate titles,…