>U-Turn is the latest variant on the basic story of The Postman Always Rings
>Twice. Does anybody know if Postman is more or less the origin of this
>drifter meets doublecrossing couple plot? (I mean the book since none of
>the film versions are anywhere near as good.)
Actually, one version is quite good - Visconti's "Ossessione," which he
made in 1942. Jean Renoir gave him a copy of the novel when Visconti
worked as an assistant on Renoir's "Toni." both films are considered part
of the foundation of 'neorealismo.' As for your "U-Turn" question, I don't
know yet - I thought I had a press pack laying around here, but it's not in
any of the obvious places. If I find it soon I can maybe give you Columbia
Tri-Mark's party line as to origins.
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