The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: December 10

12/10/2014 1:00 PM |

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Obssessione (1943)
Directed by Luchino Visconti
There are no postmen in Visconti’s proto-neo-realist tragedy, though the source material is James M. Cain The Postman Always Rings Twice. Doing away with the problematic title (which the American adaptation kept and handled differently), Visconti plants his triad—the café-keeper, his wife, her lover—in a dusty landscape where just about any obsession, meaning passion, is doomed: Giovanna’s for comfort and security, Gino’s for the liberty of the open road, and a fellow traveler’s for Gino (no matter how sadly he stares at Massimo Girotti’s handsome back). Even the boorish, boarish husband is pitiable—dressed up for a day in town, he climbs a stage and sings, as if to drown out the lovers seated in the audience, quietly planning his death. Elina Mishuris (Dec 15, 7:20pm at Film Forum’s “Chandler, Hammett, Woolrich & Cain”)