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She loves him when he goes away for months. She loves him when he refuses to marry her. But when callow David Sutton chooses to marry someone else, Louise Howell's love for him takes a darker turn. Give her a gun and she'll love him to death. Joan Crawford reteams with producer Jerry Wald of her Academy Award winning Mildred Pierce and claims a 1947 Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of tempestuous, mentally unstable Louise. ??I love you? is such an inadequate way of saying I love you, Louise says. It doesn't quite describe how much it hurts sometimes. With Crawford at her film-noir-queen best, be assured it hurts so good.
DVD Features:Audio Commentary:Commentary by Film Historian Drew CasperFeaturette:New Featurette The Quintessential Film Noir
The opening shots of Possessed achieve their goal: it is startling to see Joan Crawford wandering around without makeup, her hair drawn plainly back, in the early dawn of a grungily real location. Her unbalanced character, Louise, has been traumatized and must now recount her nightmare, in true film noir fashion, to a questioning psychoanalyst.
Possessed has an abundance of noir atmosphere (everything gets to be as shadowy as the inside of Louise's brain) and a full ration of Crawford at her most florid. The story is a wild ride: an invalid wife, a lonely widower, a daughter resentful of former nurse Louise's new status in the household. Plus there's the true crazy-making love of Louise's life, an engineer (Van Heflin) whose heart is as dry as his manner is breezy ("When a woman kisses me, Louise, she has to take pot luck"). The film's overripe writing is balanced by Joseph Valentine's sharp-angled photography, to say nothing of the vectors of Joan Crawford's sharp-angled face. As a companion piece to Crawford's Mildred Pierce performance, this one takes Mildred to her extreme--single-minded obsession and derangement. What Crawford lacked in subtlety she made up for in sheer commitment, which perhaps suits this character very well. --Robert Horton
As far as I can tell, the Blu-ray version of this film is the only one with a clean print. All other releases, including the ones shown on TV are the same awful print. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lumpy's mom
Classic Joan Crawford. You will not be disappointed if you are a fan!Published 2 months ago by Rhett B
Great acting by Ms. Crawford. Psychiatry, 1940's style. The story of one woman's solution to her involvement with a Cad. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J.
Possessed is a film delving into the intricacies of the mind and mental illness. Joan Crawford shines as the woman afflicted but does not realise she is suffering until dire... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annette S. Urquhart
Great actors, and great acting, but the story was a bit too sad for my taste.. RebeccaPublished 6 months ago by Rebecca, Michigan
Crawford and Heflin make beautiful music together - noir style. That means, psychoses, death, murder, betrayal and family discord. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nick Zegarac