"Ossessione" is a good adaption of James M. Cain's novel, "The Postman Always Rings Twice" however, I don't think this Italian version quite lives up to the 1946 American classic. Drifter Gino (Girotti) stops at a diner on the way to who knows where, where he meets beautiful and young Giovanna (Calamai) and her older, brutal husband. The two fall in love instantly (what a shock), and intend to run off together. The problem is, is that Giovanna feels guilty about leaving her spouse, so the two scheme a plan to murder him, and then live happily ever after. Things don't go as planned of course, and Gino and Giovanna aren't the way they thought they'd be. "Ossessione" was acclaimed Italian director Luchino Visconti's film debut, after working with another acclaimed director Jean Renoir for many years. Of course he knew what he was doing. Everything about this movie is top-notch, from the seedy looking set designs to the creepy score, plus the strange actor's pick to play the not-so-usual lovers. Of course, I much prefer the American version of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" to this. I think one of the reasons I didn't love "Ossessione" as much as the latter, is the fact that I was just comparing it so much to its American counterpart. Everything, from the casting of Lana Turner and John Garfield as the lovers to the smoky atmosphere just fits better. Visconti seems to have tried to really make this movie as realistic as possible, and though in the long run it is impressive, the side-plots make the film overlong, and don't really cut to the chase as the other version does. The 1946 film really makes the affair between Turner and Garfield sizzle, and they have better chemistry than Calamai and Girotti (C was 9 years older than M). The only thing wrong with the '46 one is the casting of the victim but that is all. All in all, "Ossessione" is well-made, but it doesn't have the same spark that 1946's "The Postman Always Rings Twice" does.