Directed by Curtis Bernhardt • 1947 • United States
Starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey
Following her triumphant comeback in MILDRED PIERCE, Joan Crawford reteamed with producer Jerry Wald for this moody psychological noir-melodrama. Found wandering the streets of Los Angeles unable to say anything but “David,” disturbed mystery woman Louise Howell (Crawford) is brought into a hospital where gradually the details of her life—a tragic tale of obsessive love, guilt, and madness—begin to emerge. Directed with feverish intensity by German émigré director Curtis Bernhardt, POSSESSED is a supremely stylish example of 1940s Hollywood’s fascination with all things Freudian.