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La donna del lago AKA The Possessed (1965) FotW #384

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La donna del lago AKA The Possessed (1965) FotW #384

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Film of the Week #384: La donna del lago AKA The Possessed (1965)

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Summary:
A popular writer visits his favorite holiday destination during the off season looking for the woman he is secretly infatuated with, only to find out that she has committed suicide, but did she really?

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#458(NEW) La donna del lago (1965)
[The Possessed]

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Directed by: Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini
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This movie fits the current Mystery/Thriller Challenge.
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I really like this one. Great crossover film if you like both giallo mold and the arthouse sensibility of that era.
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I wrote this when I watched it about 1.5 years ago;
“Often credited as a proto-giallo, it actually is more a mystery-thriller with touches of noir and elements of 60s European arthouse. Mostly in how it plays with blurring the line between reality and imagination plus in the beautiful cinematography that gives it a melancholic existential mood. The plot tho is quite weak, it's so obvious who’s the culprit is, the plot becomes frustrating instead of intriguing.”
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Oooh, I actually have this one on blu-ray, but have never gotten around to watching it. I'll see if I can't remedy that this week.
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I'm still stuck in the Vietnam War.
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joachimt wrote: May 10th, 2021, 5:25 pm I'm still stuck in the Vietnam War.
There are some good psychologists out there that can help you.
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Knaldskalle wrote: May 10th, 2021, 4:46 pm Oooh, I actually have this one on blu-ray, but have never gotten around to watching it. I'll see if I can't remedy that this week.
I have the blu as well. I've seen the film, but not the blu and it's been awhile though it's a favorite. Will try to rewatch this week.
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Just rewatched-
I love the atmospheric look of this one.  It looks fantastic in b&w. It also contains some quality tension and mystery and the characters and performances are intriguing. It's a perfect rec for the mystery thriller challenge as it contains ample aspects of both, backed up by a strong psychological slant.  My favorite of the 3-4 Bazzoni's I've seen.
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