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only OK, in light of todays more sophisticated audiences
The Blue Gardenia is an amazing film. It is about a telephone operator who ends up drunk and at the mercy of a cad in his apartment. Anne Baxter and Richard Conte give incredible performances. The screenplay is well written. Fritz Lang did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. The Blue Gardenia is a must see.
Enjoyable. Enjoyed Ann Southern (who always is enjoyable).
Taut noir thriller from Lang released in the same year as his classic The Big Heat and photographed by ace cameraman Musuraca in a shimmering haze of rain-streaked windows, shattered mirrors and moody lighting. Lang's edgy direction and long tracking shots emphasize the characters' sense of entrapment in circumstances and drives the action towards its compelling conclusion.
It was good, but not my cup of tea.
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A stock story and handling keep The Blue Gardenia from being anything more than a regulation mystery melodrama.
The Jilted Woman, a Poker, and The Blue Gardenia--Cinderella Murder!!
Let me get this straight. Fritz Lang was virtually blind and managed to get Anne Baxter to stop staring into space when saying her lines, but DeMille and Mankiewicz had 20/20 vision and she hardly looks her co-stars in the eye? Well, in any case, I enjoy her very much whether she stares into space or not, and here, without giving too much away, she does a brilliant job portraying someone who has drank way too much, and the story reflects the fuzziness the day after very truthfully while putting it in a suspenseful context much akin to the circumstantial crime plot that Fritz has a special knack for. Throughout, there are great examples of how he puts sinister things in unassuming, innocent contexts.
Great atmosphere and score with the added bonus of Nat King Cole appearing as himself. Although the movie is compelling thanks to Lang's direction and a talented cast notably Raymond Burr and Ann Sothern, the storyline is ultimately predictable.