Unfaithfully Yours Reviews
During the first half I was wondering why this is so highly regarded as a classic comedy. There are hardly any jokes, some lame slapstick, and Rex Harrison plays an insulting boor of a conductor. What gives?? Aha, it takes that long to get to the good stuff as Harrison, while conducting 3 pieces of music, mentally plots 3 methods of revenge against his wife whom he suspects had an affair with his assistant. The way these are presented is ingenious: every detail of every plan in his mind goes perfectly, but when he tries to replicate them in real life everything goes completely haywire in a gaspingly hilarious manner. So in truth there are about 20 minutes of actual comedy in this film, but they are some of the best 20 minutes of laughs you could hope for.
Knowing where the film ends up on a 2nd viewing, this one may allow me to see more humor or enjoy the imagined asides, but for now my initial impression was very middle for the road for this classic.
Give it a peep, make your own call.
the quick witty dialogue in this delightful black comedy is hilarious, the scenes of physical comedy aren't so much and make the flick feel more dated than it would otherwise. rex harrison is masterful in the lead role.
Like anyone, his passions see-saw between homicidal revenge and selfless sacrifice. He sees himself doing the absolute worst to his love, and in a moment of benign generosity he sees himself letting her go with forgiveness and grace, all the while remaining the wronged one. Interestingly, when the concert finally concludes, he rushes home to carry out his series of revenges, but every one of them falters and goes completely against how he imagined. A darkly humorous movie, this Criterion is a gem.
Quite delightful, I must say. An exquisitely realized script, a young Rex Harrison at his funniest, some excellent classical music and a [i]gorgeous[/i] Linda Darnell (this is the first film I've seen her in... wowza!). A comic gem from classic Hollywood, and I'm convinced that I need to look into the Sturges filmography again.