Obsession

(Premiere 2017)
DIRECTOR Ivo van Hove
DESIGNER Jan Versweyveld
THEATRE Barbican Theatre
DESCRIPTION
Visconti’s first feature film Obsession (1943), based on James M Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, gave rise to Italian neorealism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval. As Van Hove’s fourth Visconti production, it features a company of Dutch and British actors led by Law, whose charismatic stage and screen performances have established him as one of the foremost actors of his generation.
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Country: United Kingdom

Runtime: 110 min

CAST (ACTORS | DANCERS | SINGERS)

Actor
Jude Law | Gino
Actor
Halina Reijn | Giovanna
Actor

Creatives

Director | Ivo van Hove
Playwright | Luchino Visconti
Scenographer | Jan Versweyveld
Lighting Designer | Jan Versweyveld
Adaptation by | Jan Peter Gerrits
Dramaturg | Jan Peter Gerrits

Production

PHOTOS

THEATRES

Barbican Theatre, 19/04/2017 - 20/05/2017

STORYLINE

Jude Law plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Visconti’s penetrating social drama directed by Ivo van Hove.Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction.