'Obsession' (1943)

Sunday, October 16, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

'Days of Glory: Masterworks of Italian Neo-Realism' - Film Series

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Tickets: Advanced tickets: $10 online. In-person sales one hour before showtime: $9 general public; FREE to UCLA students with valid ID; $8 other students/seniors.


Film and Television Archive
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One of the most influential national film movements to emerge in the post-World War II era, Italian neo-realism continues to hold sway over filmmakers and artists worldwide even as its exact definition continues to provoke debate. Most frequently positioned as a response to the propaganda of Italy's fascist-controlled film industry, neo-realism rejected escapism in favor of politically and socially charged subjects, non-professional actors and a documentary style. This allegiance to material reality, however, was never total. Artifice and interpretation always crept in consciously at the edges.

'Obsession' (1943): Director Luchino Visconti employs the story of lust and greed at the pulpy heart of James M. Cain's novel, 'The Postman Always Rings Twice,' as a framework to present the poverty and decay of the Po River Valley in the starkest terms. In so doing, he earned the ire of the fascist government, which banned the film, and set the terms for the neo-realist movement to follow.

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