Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 – Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
07:00 PM – 09:20 PM
Introduced by Professor Alessandro Carrera, University of Houston
Luchino Visconti’s raw neorealist debut is a loose, sexy adaptation of James M. Cain’s 1934 crime novel The Postman Always Rings Twice. In Obsession, the chiseled Massimo Girotti is a penniless drifter who breezes into the trattoria of unhappily married Clara Calamai, setting the stage for a torrid saga of lust, murder, and betrayal.
Film critic Emanuel Levy explains that Obsession is “ostensibly a drama about the destructive powers of sexual passion and betrayal, but its realistic depiction of the proletariat life under fascism enraged the authorities, which mutilated the film. Obsession heralded the Italian neorealist movement in its naturalistic setting and earthy texture, three years before Roberto Rossellini made his neorealist masterpiece Roma, Open City. For many years, Western critics couldn’t see Obsession and thus considered Roma, Open City as the first major work of the worldwide influential Italian movement neorealitsic cinema. Textbooks had to be changed in the wake of discovering Obsession.” Three years later, Lana Turner and John Garfield starred in Hollywood’s The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Obsession “occupies a pivotal position in the history of Italian cinema.” —film scholar Peter Bondanella
HOURS & ADMISSION
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.
Two Parking Garages
Parking Garage HoursOpen daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking Garage Fees
- Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
- The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
Events at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
May. 24 – May. 24, 2018
Michelangelo and the Vatican: Masterworks from the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples
Dec. 8 – Jun. 9, 2019
Mending: Craft and Community—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Jan. 30 – Dec. 29, 2019
Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Feb. 12 – Aug. 4, 2019
Fear and Wonder: Sublime Landscapes on Paper—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Mar. 16 – Sep. 8, 2019
Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection
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