The Watching Hour: Possession

The Watching Hour: Possession

1981, 127 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Adult, Drama, Horror, Psychological

35mm presentation - Not since HAUSU has a restored underground classic taken the world of cinephiles by storm like POSSESSION. This has long been a favorite of ours, even though it has only been available on video bootlegs and badly cut 35mm prints. Now that a new print is making the rounds, thousands more people are having their brain reshaped by its intense, gory, psychosexual brilliance. Ostensibly a film about a break-up, director Andrzej Zulawski takes an overkill approach to pure cinema. Volumes could (and should) be written about the technical brilliance of the camerawork and sound - all of which shows the astonishing assurance of the greatest masters of the art, but the area where POSSESSION really takes flight is the performances. Sam Neill and especially Isabelle Adjani leave it all on the set, reaching deep into themselves to lift the material to even greater heights. This is not like any other movie you've ever seen before. It's better. Featuring a bizarre and unfathomably awesome music score by Andrzej Korzynski and creature effects by Carlo Rambaldi. If you have to choose between the birth of your first child and this film, choose this film. Highest possible recommendation. (Lars Nilsen – Alamo Drafthouse)

DIRECTOR: Andrzej Zulawski
Screenwriter: Andrzej Zulawski, Frederic Tuten
Principal Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

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