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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Obsession (1976)

Watch any of De Palma’s early dramas and you’ll see his love for Hitchcock unashamedly on the screen. Obsession is that love taken to the maximum level. It’s a re-imagining of Vertigo (1958) penned by De Palma and Paul Schrader. The very idea of remaking a Hitch film fills me with revulsion, but I'm forced to concede that against all the odds it’s an amazing success!
Sticking close to the formula De Palma directs our attentions completely. The old-school techniques sit comfortably alongside a less seasoned but more edgy mechanism, creating a work that feels familiar but new at the same time.
The cherry on top is a classic Hitchcockian Bernard Herrmann score.

4 due wages out of 5

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