Obsession (1976) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow

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Brian De Palma cowrote the screenplay of OBSESSION with Paul Schrader and directed the movie in 1975. Music by Bernard Herrmann.
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The wife and the daughter of Cliff Robertson, a real estate businessman, are kidnapped on the night of Robertson's tenth anniversary of marriage. Both die during a failed rescue attempt by the police. 15 years later, Robertson, still feeling guilty about that tragic event, falls in love in Italy with Geneviève Bujold, a young italian girl bearing a tremendous resemblance with Robertson's first wife. They return to New Orleans in order to get married. But Geneviève Bujold is also kidnapped and Robertson has a second chance to save his love. He just has to ask his business partner John Lithgow the US$ 500'000.- that will be given to the kidnappers. Lithgow hesitates.

An homage to Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Obsession (1976)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   rescuing from kidnappers Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy City?    -   Yes City:    -   New Orleans Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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