Review: ‘Obsession’

Obsession is an excellent romantic and non-violent suspense drama starring Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold, shot in Italy and New Orleans.

Obsession is an excellent romantic and non-violent suspense drama starring Cliff Robertson and Genevieve Bujold, shot in Italy and New Orleans.

Paul Schrader’s script [from a story by him and Brian De Palma] is a complex but comprehensible mix of treachery, torment and selfishness. Robertson is haunted with guilt for the death of wife Bujold and child Wanda Blackman, both kidnapped in 1959.

Sixteen years later, on a trip abroad, he sees a lookalike to Bujold, and gets swept away with this new girl. John Lithgow, as Robertson’s business partner, is not happy with these events.

Robertson’s low-key performance is as crucial to the manifold surprise impact as Bujold’s versatile, sensual and effervescent charisma.

1976: Nomination: Best Original Score

Obsession

Production

Columbia. Director Brian De Palma; Producer George Litto, Harry N. Blum; Screenplay Paul Schrader; Camera Vilmos Zsigmond; Editor Paul Hirsch; Music Bernard Herrmann; Art Director Jack Senter

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Cliff Robertson Genevieve Bujold John Lithgow Sylvia 'Kuumba' Williams Wanda Blackman
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