The Possessed (1965)
aka Lady of The lake
aka La donna del lago
Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller | Proto-Giallo
Country: Italy | Director: Luigi Bazzoni & Franco Rossellini
Language: Italian or English (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 85mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×696 – 23.976fps – 4.37gb

A visitor arrives in a small Italian village looking for a woman. Residents tell him that she committed suicide but there’s more to the mystery than they’re letting on. Meanwhile, a strange woman walks by the lake.

‘Lady of The Lake’ (aka) ‘The Possessed is an enigmatic, almost impenetrable quasi-giallo by the excellent, Luigi Bazzoni, the talented, intellectual auteur behind the equally idiosyncratic, almost anti-gialli ‘Footsteps On The Moon'(1975). Since ”La Donna Del Lago’ was also written by fellow iconoclast, Gulio ‘Death Laid an Egg’ Questi, one might expect a similarly oblique tone, and in terms of confounding genre conventions, he doesn’t disappoint. While some might consider ‘Lady of The Lake’ to be just another example of overwrought nouvelle vague-esque cinematic doodling; but to dismiss this elegiac work as mere self- indulgence is to miss out of one of Italy’s most singular and glacial thrillers.


The Possessed (1965)