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Whirlpool

Whirlpool (1949)

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In this compelling and unusual psychological melodrama Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), a woman tormented by her secret kleptomania seeks help from a unscrupulous hypnotist David Korvo (Jose Ferrer). Although she is married to a successful psychiatrist (Richard Conte), and has no need to steal the items which she could easily purchase, she finds herself powerless to control her urge. She is finally caught when she attempts to steal a brooch from a department store but she is saved by Korvo who

Sep 6, 2005

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It's a fine example of the way Preminger, on occasion, managed to deflect routine melodrama into something more personal and profound.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There is no doubt that people will do strange things under hypnotic spell and that the techniques of hypnotism may be villainously employed. But you don't catch this fairly rational corner believing for one minute the hocuspocus that goes on.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Preminger's ambiguous relation to his characters and his sense of moral relativity have seldom been put to such haunting use.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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...a sporadically trashy, thoroughly absurd murder mystery.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Very wry, very Viennese satire of psychoanalysis as bourgeois fad

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Directed with a healthy feel for his twisted characters by Otto Preminger.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A daft premise does little to detract from the enjoyment of this tense, well-made murder mystery.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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Gripping throughout.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Whirlpool

Tierney plays a woman who has kleptomania, and doesn't want her husband to find out. It's very thrilling, I liked it.
October 24, 2010
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Not so great. Relies heavily on psychology practices from over half a century ago which ultimately dates it.
November 22, 2006
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