NOIR CITY 13: OSSESSIONE / LES DIABOLIQUES
Saturday, January 24: Evening Show: Continental Mariticide
The price of admission gets you into the evening double bill.
(1943, Industrie Cinematografiche Italiane. 140 min.)
Scr. & Dir. Luchino Visconti.
This groundbreaking work of Italian neorealism is an earthy and unlicensed adaptation of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice. Reviled by the Catholic church and banned by Italy's Fascist government, all prints were destroyed . . . except one duplicate negative the director hid for decades, allowing Ossessione to survive as Visconti's first masterpiece.
(1955, Filmsonor. 116 min.)
Scr. & Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot.
The wrinkle in the typical noir storyline is that this time it's two women (wife and mistress) conspiring to kill the abusive husband. After committing the "perfect" crime, the women become unhinged as things go mysteriously and drastically wrong. Its atmosphere of dread and decay make Les Diaboliques one of the high watermarks of on-screen suspense and shock.
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