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Possession

Alison Taylor

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781800857056
eISBN:
9781800853287
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800857056.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Born in the shadow of marital turmoil and political rupture, it is almost inevitable that Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession (1981) would be caught between two worlds. In Cannes, the film premiered in ... More


Faith and Chance

Alison Taylor

in Possession

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781800857056
eISBN:
9781800853287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800857056.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

There really is no other film quite like Possession. Its unwieldy and complicated plot is difficult to reduce to summary. It offers familiar genre markers—the horror film; spy thriller; monster ... More


‘It’s About a Woman Who Fucks With an Octopus’

Alison Taylor

in Possession

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781800857056
eISBN:
9781800853287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800857056.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In the shadow of his marital breakdown, and his exile from Poland, Żuławski envisioned a story of a divided couple against the background of a divided city. Pitching to a potential financer, he ... More


Up the Spiral Staircase

Alison Taylor

in Possession

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781800857056
eISBN:
9781800853287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800857056.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter three ventures up the spiral staircase, engaging in a critical analysis of the film by considering its themes, structure, and style. While Possession is resistant to any singular ... More


‘If You Had Only Seen What I Saw!’ – Possession’s Reception

Alison Taylor

in Possession

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781800857056
eISBN:
9781800853287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800857056.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter four examines the film’s uncertain position between arthouse and grindhouse. Possession held the paradoxical position of being showcased at the world’s leading art cinema festival in ... More


‘Does Our Subject Still Wear Pink Socks?’ – Possession’s Legacy

Alison Taylor

in Possession

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9781800857056
eISBN:
9781800853287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800857056.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter five reflects on the place of Possession forty years after its release, considering the film’s reappreciation, resonance with new audiences, and influence on contemporary filmmakers. While ... More


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