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Obsession (1954)

A diabolic suspense which never gives the viewer any respite....Shall Helene save her husband? But it may mean sending an innocent man to the guillotine..

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Jean Delannoy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Morgan ... Hélène Giovanni
Raf Vallone ... Aldo Giovanni
Marthe Mercadier ... Arlette Bernardin
Jean Gaven ... Alexandre Buisson
Albert Duvaleix Albert Duvaleix ... Barnet (as Duvaleix)
Robert Dalban ... Inspecteur Chardin
Jean Toulout ... Le président des assises
Dora Doll ... L'entraîneuse
Raphaël Patorni Raphaël Patorni ... Bertrand
Martine Alexis Martine Alexis ... Olga
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Le réptionniste de l'hôtel rouennais
Pierre Moncorbier Pierre Moncorbier ... Le secrétaire de Chardin (as Moncorbier)
Aimée Fontenay Aimée Fontenay ... La chanteuse au trapèze
Yves Rozec Yves Rozec ... Trapéziste
Louis Seigner ... L'avocat général (as Louis Seigner sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
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Helene and Aldo are trapeze artists in a circus ;the man is injured and has to be replaced by Alex, his former partner who knows too much about him.Alex is murdered ,and Helen is convinced that her husband ,Aldo ,committed the crime.But it's Bernardin ,who has a performing dogs act on the ring ,who is accused of the murder.He is sentenced to death ,and as he has a wife and children,Helene is desperate .Shall she give Aldo away to the police? Written by dbdumonteil

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Crime | Drama

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 October 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahdistus See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Contrary to the custom of the time, Italian actor Raf Vallone was not dubbed for this film. This is due to the fact he spoke good French, albeit with a strong Italian accent. See more »

Soundtracks

Joue pour Moi
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Paul Misraki
Performed by André Claveau
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Silent as a grave.
12 October 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Because Jean Delannoy is now dismissed as cheesy by the new wave aficionados,most of his works are forgotten Too bad because his adaptation of William Irish is ,say,as good as the cold Truffaut's "the bride wore black" and much better than Robin Davis's poor and watered-down "J'ai épousé une ombre" (I married a shadow).Because watered-down this is absolutely not.The terrible and depressing conclusion of Irish's short story is thoroughly respected.

This "silent as a grave" short story is harrowing,suspenseful and deeply moving.The heroine -Irish's heroes are actually often heroines-see "the bride wore black") was born under a bad sign.All she tries to do in order to save her sentenced to death husband backfires on herself.The ending leaves the reader desperate.

As Clouzot did for Boileau Narcejac's "celle qui n'était plus" (which was to become the celebrated "diabolique"),the scenarists had to rewrite the story which took place in an American city probably NY city:they transferred the action to a French circus.This is no masterpiece,and we sense little of Irish's tragical genius.But Michele Morgan and Raf Vallone are strong actors and there's a good supporting cast.Suspense is sustained till the last minute ,and ,unlike Robin Davis,Delannoy does not indulge himself a happy end.Give it a chance!


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