Children of Vertigo: Obsession

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USA | 1976 | 98 minutes | Brian De Palma

March 31, 2020

Children of Vertigo

When Michael's (Cliff Robertson) wife Elizabeth (Genevieve Bujold) and daughter Amy (Wanda Blackman) are kidnapped, he is convinced by police to follow a path that ends in death. Nearly 20 years later, he spots a woman who looks exactly as Elizabeth did before her untimely demise, leading Michael down a path of unchecked obsession.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

6:00 PM

Lensed by legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter), scored by Hitchcock's favorite composer Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, Vertigo), and written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), Obsession presented director Brian De Palma (Scarface, Carrie) with a dream team of collaborators in his quest to both channel and pay homage to the themes of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, intermingling Hitch's concerns with an Italian giallo approach to dynamics that yields a film that gives the "Master of Suspense" a run for his money in the process.

"Contrasting a hypermodern emphasis on style—for all his virtuosity Hitch's work belongs to a 'Classical Hollywood' aesthetic—with the 'quoted' classicism of Hermann's score, Obsession looks both forward and backward, theorizing an extension of Hitchcock's work marked, contradictorily, as much by evolution as regression."—Brad Westcott, Reverse Shot

  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Principal Cast: Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold, John Lithgow, Sylvia Kuumba Williams, Wanda Blackman
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1976
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Producer: Harry N. Blum, George Litto
  • Screenplay: Brian De Palma, Paul Schrader
  • Cinematographers: Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Rating: PG