Obsession

Obsession

Director: Brian De Palma, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow

Cast: Brian De Palma, Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow

     
 

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Love never dies in Brian De Palma's psychological thriller, though money certainly complicates matters. Rich New Orleans real estate developer Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) lost his beloved wife Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold) and their daughter during a botched kidnap rescue, after he chose to let the police try to free them instead of paying the ransom. Sixteen

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Love never dies in Brian De Palma's psychological thriller, though money certainly complicates matters. Rich New Orleans real estate developer Michael Courtland (Cliff Robertson) lost his beloved wife Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold) and their daughter during a botched kidnap rescue, after he chose to let the police try to free them instead of paying the ransom. Sixteen years later, Michael returns to the Tuscan church where he and Elizabeth first met, and he sees Sandra Portinari (Bujold again), the mirror image of his dead wife. Despite the reservations of his long-time friend and business partner (John Lithgow), Michael woos Sandra and brings her back to New Orleans to marry her. Seeing Sandra as his second chance to prove his love, Michael thinks he can finally put the past behind him, but the past is about to catch up with him in ways he never dreamed.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Although film critic-turned-screenwriter Paul Schrader intended Obsession as a reworking of both Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and Yasujiro Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon (1962), director Brian De Palma plays up the Hitchcock legacy in style and eeriness. Vilmos Zsigmond's cinematography gives the New Orleans and Florence locations the foggy dreaminess of Michael's memory, while Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo-like score (his second-to-last work) evokes both the romance and the threat of Michael's adoration of the dead. Although Obsession got a positive reception, and Herrmann's score was nominated for an Oscar, its haunting mind games did not prove as popular as the more visceral scares of De Palma's other 1976 release, Carrie.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2011
UPC:
0043396385948
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
6,939

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Performance Credits
Cliff Robertson Michael Courtland
Geneviève Bujold Elizabeth Courtland,Sandra Portinari
John Lithgow Robert La Salle
Sylvia "Kuumba" Williams Maid
Wanda Blackman Amy Courtland
Stanley Reyes Inspector Brie
J. Patrick McNamara 3rd Kidnaper
Stocker Fontelieu Dr. Ellman
Don Hood Ferguson
Tom Felleghy Actor
Clyde Ventura Actor
Andre Eszterhazy D'Annunzio

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director,Original Story
Bob Bender Asst. Director
Harry N. Blum Producer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Paul Hirsch Editor
George Litto Producer
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Schrader Original Story,Screenwriter
Jack Senter Art Director
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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