Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love Gone Wrong in the Movies (Limelight)

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Cinema of Obsession traces the history of obsessive love and erotic fixation. Seminal works of obsession, The Blue Angel, Peter Ibbetson, and Phantom of the Opera are seen as setting the groundwork for films that follow. The book defines and surveys examples of the explosive nature of amour fou, issues of male control (no matter how tenuous), and the fugitive couple – love on the run – in such films as Romeo and Juliet, Last Tango in Paris, Vertigo, Basic Instinct, and Wild at Heart. Male masochism is explored through film noirs, including Criss Cross, The Killers, Gilda, and The Postman Always Rings Twice. The book shifts gears in its finale and concentrates on the female gaze, films of female obsession: Jane Eyre, The Piano, The Lover, Fatal Attraction, and Vanilla Sky.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879103477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879103477
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Accessible to lay readers and cinema scholars alike

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 on December 1, 2007
By Midwest Book Review
Filmmaker Dominique Mainon and film journalist James Ursini present Cinema of Obsession: Erotic Fixation and Love Gone Wrong in the Movies, an in-depth discussion and analysis of modern cinema that revolves around the dark side of human attraction, from erotic obsession to heartbreak and jealousy to deception and even murder in the name of love. Black-and-white photographs illustrate Cinema of Obsession throughout, and the text offers commentary on numerous specific films including “Fatal Attraction”, “Basic Instinct”, “The Killers”, “Wild at Heart”, “Last Tango in Paris”, “Vertigo”, and many more. Accessible to lay readers and cinema scholars alike, Cinema of Obsession lives up to its title and is indispensable for connoisseurs of movies that deconstruct human romantic bonds.

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