Ralph Breaks the Internet
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One of three films Lean made virtually as star vehicles for his wife Ann Todd. Here she manages to extend the range of her semi-hysterical screen personality into a flimsily forceful character who pits her amoral deviousness against... rigid hypocrisy.
The film is beautifully, elegantly made, but Lean has committed a crime far worse than technical blunders: that of taking a live story and robbing it of all feeling and humanity, so that what is served up on the screen is cold, remote and intolerable.
This compelling character study is one of the three films David Lean made with his then wife Ann Todd.
Murder underneath patrician façades
The script and direction are handled with amazing restraint, cleverly and carefully constructed, heightened by Todd's inherently enigmatic image.
Well-made courtroom drama.
Another piece of Lean excellence as he handles a story of dark romance and accusations of murder. It's a rare ambiguous story as we see what the court is told and yet nothing more. Whether she is guilty or not is entirely in our hands as the audience. We're not spoon fed and it works tremendously well. The romantic 1st half is well plotted and we can understand perfectly how Madeleine's affections change. It's a good old fashioned romance where love isn't enough. Other things such as respect, class and social standing must be considered. It's also great to see a film in which the man the parents approve of isn't some slimy arrogant social misfit. It intrigues and entertains but you can't expect much less from a Lean picture.
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