“Obsessions” is getting a lot of movie nerd buzz this month. Whenever the social media Film World discovers an oddity, it’s celebrated. It gets even more attention when it turns out that a pre-fame Martin Scorsese co-wrote the film. So, what is there to make of this bizarre hybrid of a film? It wants to be Hitchcock, it wants to be American New Wave and yet it wants to remain European. Did I mention that it was the first Dutch movie to be filmed entirely in English?
When you talk to fans of this movie, that’s the one tidbit that seems to keep coming up. Honestly, it’s comparable to any contemporary Underground flick that was bustling through America at the time. There’s an effort to be a suspenseful movie, but it really wants to whip out the female nudity and psychedelic drugs when it can. For a film scored by Bernard Herrmann and edited by the guy who chopped Children of Paradise, the pedigree is confusing. Honestly, without the famous talent behind the scenes…this movie would never have resurfaced. That being said, it’s well worth a viewing.
- Script notes by Scorsese
- Scorpio Films documentary excerpt
- Original Dutch trailer
- Photo/Video Gallery
- 1.33:1 1080p transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0 MONO