Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini, Italy, 1965, Arrow Films, Horror

THE POSSESSED is a tremendously atmospheric proto-giallo, based on the Alleghe killings -- one of Italy’s most notorious crimes. Masterfully combining film noir, mystery and giallo tropes whilst drawing on the formal innovations of Sixties art cinema -- particularly the films of Michelangelo Antonioni -- THE POSSESSED is a uniquely dreamlike take on true crime.

Bernard, a depressed novelist, sets off in search of his old flame Tilde: a beautiful maid who now works at a remote lakeside hotel. Bernard is warmly greeted by the hotel owner and his daughter, but Tilde has disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Bernard’s investigation plunges him into a disturbing drama of familial secrets, perversion, madness and murder...

Co-directed by Luigi Bazzoni (THE FIFTH CORD, LE ORME), and co-written by Giulio Questi (DEATH LAID AN EGG, ARCANA)!

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  • 85 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP