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Alison Taylor


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 competition for the illustrious Palme d’Or; in the UK it was put on trial for charges of obscenity as part of the infamous ‘video nasties’ campaign. Beginning with a marital breakdown and ending with an apocalypse, Possession is a fascinating and confounding artefact skirting the boundaries between art and exploitation, visceral horror and cerebral reverie. Shot against the Berlin Wall at the height o ... More

Keywords: Zulawski, Video nasties, Horror, European cinema, Berlin Wall, Divorce, Sam Neill, Isabelle Adjani

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9781800857056
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800857056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Taylor, author
Bond University