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August 15, 2016
Some good stuff, but short of a whole film.
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½ October 30, 2013
Overheated but entertaining drama, Hedy of course is gorgeous.
May 5, 2013
Pleasingly sinister and slightly fruity melodrama set in New Yoick at the turn of the 20th century. A suave and very Hungarian Paul Lukas tries to convince psychiatrist George Brent that his missus Hedley, sorry, Hedy Lamarr is bonkers (technical term) but is she? Director Jacques Tourneur was a dab hand at films like this and he doesn't disappoint, putting together an entertaining and diverting piece of nonsense which looks splendid - the set design and swirling snowstorms help in creating a hedley, sorry, heady atmosphere. It's not all out of the top drawer though: George Brent's performance is as woody as the non-business end of asparagus but even that is quite charming. And the music is a bit intrusive at times. Someone really should have told the orchestra to go pianissimo.
February 16, 2013
Meh. Boring story about George Brent trying to rescue the beautiful Hedy Lemarr from here husband who is trying to make her think she's insane. The only real saving grace of this melodrama is that director Jacques Tourneur does manage to inject a fair amount style into the film, with quite a few striking shots and sequences sprinkled throughout the film.
½ January 23, 2013
As much as I love Tourneur, I must concede that this a minor work. The opening is so atmospherically compelling and the finale so outrageous it makes the body of the film feel oddly out of place and disappointing. Most of the film is carried (or not carried) by expository dialogue rather than mood and the central dangers of the protagonists are never truly understood until the final confrontation. All in all it's a shame because there are some really fine moments in the film.
November 14, 2010
My favorite of all of my performances.
March 30, 2010
Tourneur transcende un mélo semi-policier en un véritable jeu de faux semblant. Intéressant.
½ August 11, 2009
Ca commence comme un bon Hitchcock : un pauvre quidam, sur base d'une rencontre fortuite et d'une erreur de bagages, va se retrouver mele a une histoire de jalousie et de meurtres. L'introduction laisse meme presager, avec ce train luttant contre les courants d'eau une nuit d'orage, a du bon fantastique. En fait, il n'en sera rien : le film virera tres vite dans le policier bacle et le melodrame tirant en longueur. Tant d'elements meritaient d'etre developpes et sont laisses a l'abandon. Tourneur, visiblement, ne sais pas gerer le budget qu'on lui a octroye cette fois. Reste quelques bons moments mais une histoire trop pale (surtout qu'Hitchcock et Cukor feront bien mieux sur le même principe de manipulation de la conjointe pour la rendre folle) pour prétendre atteindre le niveau de La Feline ou I Walked with a Zombie.
January 11, 2009
Certainly an offbeat direction for the studio era, this romantic mystery is full of tension, although it lacks some coherance.
½ September 21, 2008
Like Hitchcock only not that good...
April 21, 2008
Well-directed by Tourneur and with a great look, but it's a lesser "Gaslight", just so you know that.
January 11, 2008
Loved the mood in this and occasional dark moments but otherwise nothing outstanding.
½ January 4, 2008
After a terrific opening sequence this film falls apart. Check out Gaslight for a better version of essentially the same story.
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