Obsession, Cévennes 1992

Obsession

Punto e Basta, Avenue Magazine 1992

‘Ossesione’ is a 1943 Italian Neorealistic movie by Luchino Visconti. The main characters are played by Clara Calamai and Massimo Girotti. It was the inspiration for Punto e Basta, a story I shot for Avenue in the South of France, May 1992.
The film is based on James Mc. Cain’s novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, in which the idea that no one can escape their fate is the central theme.
An American version was made in 1946 by Tay Garnett with Lana Turner and John Garfield playing the leading parts. In 1981 Bob Rafelson did it again, this time with Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson. Ten years later I tried to illustrate the story with a handful of pictures. I didn’t copy scenes from the movies or try to tell the whole story. I just made pictures that I thought would reflect the mood, the ‘noir’ tension of Visconti’s masterpiece.
Anja Henneman, starring as Giovanna, did a wonderful job. Like always.

 

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