The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice ★★★

I really thought I’d basically seen this because I watched “Ossessione” a long while ago, but this is much different than that, at least different from my memory of it. It’s also really hard to unsee the 1981 remake when watching this; Rafelson’s rendering of the story is not only much more naturalistic, as befits his New Hollywood sensibilities, but it also has a much better feel for the peaks and valleys of the romance between Cora and Frank. It just works better. It feels a bit blasphemous to prefer Rafelson’s version, but I do.