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Trailers from Hell: Max Landis on Andrzej Zulawski's Marital Nightmare 'Possession,' Starring Isabelle Adjani

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2013 at 11:26AM

Euro Horror Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Max Landis introducing Andrzej Zulawski's "Possession," starring Isabelle Adjani in a ferociously committed, award-winning performance.
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Isabelle Adjani in "Possession"
Isabelle Adjani in "Possession"

Euro Horror Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Max Landis introducing Andrzej Zulawski's "Possession," starring Isabelle Adjani in a ferociously committed, award-winning performance.

Adjani anchors this most unusual and little-seen marital nightmare from Polish director Andrzej Zulawksi, which won plaudits in Europe in its 123 minute version but played off as a horror programmer in America after losing 26 minutes. Imagine Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage set in Berlin with special effects by Carlo Rambaldi. The seldom astute Vincent Canby of The New York Times characterized it as "a veritable carnival of nosebleeds", which is pretty typical of the US critical reaction.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.