The Visit

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Friedrich Durrenmatt's misanthropic theatrical piece The Visit has never been totally successful in any production, not even in the original Broadway presentation starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. The film version keeps this failure record consistent. Ingrid Bergman plays a fabulously wealthy woman who returns to her impoverished home town. Years earlier, she had been driven from town in disgrace after sleeping with solid citizen Anthony Quinn. She now offers a deal to the city elders: Bergman will alleviate the city's financial difficulties--in exchange for Quinn's life. The original play ended with the lynching of the seducer; the film ends with Bergman halting the execution, proclaiming that by allowing Quinn to live, the townsfolk will be forced to feel the pangs of guilt over what they might have done for the rest of their lives. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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  • 6d ago
    A poor and small village celebrates the surprise return of one of its ex-citizens (Ingrid Bergman) who has married well, married one of the world's richest men. At one time years previously she was going to wed one of the local boys (Anthony Quinn) but that didn't happen for some reason. Anyway, its good she's back now...or is it? One of the best films on the destructive power of complacency with its main problem being the miscasting of Ms. Bergman who for all her monumental talent, fails to impress as a soul once forced into a life of prostitution for years, undercutting the opening premise of the work. Still good though, and why isn't Quinn considered a national treasure by now?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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