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July 7, 2009
I think the reviewers so far have largely sold this film short. Yes the idea of hypnotic inducement to crime is pretty dubious, but in 'Whirlpool' it's really just a plot point embedded in a broader study of trust, pathology, and love. Conte's characterization is maybe clouded or undermined by his history as an actor cast primarily in proletarian-type roughneck roles, but the complicated chemistry of Bickford, Ferrer, and Tierney is compelling enough to imbue the movie with its necessary suspense -- its dread even (there's a moment maybe 4/5 of the way through where the case on Tierney seems closed and one really gets to thinking that the whole affair is going to collapse into devastation unthinkable for a typical Hollywood film). Preminger maybe fails in scripting Bickford's character as alternatively resigned and resourceful, creating an aftereffect not of psychological complexity but of semi-routine B-picture mental machinations -- more narratively functional than inherently interesting. Still, 'Whirlpool' has an appealing darkness and pays at least small dividends of thematic satisfaction.
February 24, 2009
"Whirlpool" is silly and generic.
February 23, 2009
Totally loopy, but all the better for it.
November 23, 2008
Twisted, dark, and suspenseful. Although not as artful as Preminger's Laura, it provides more seedy and sensational thrills. Ferrer is positively slimy. Gene Tierney, as always, is hot hot hot. Too bad she's dead.
½ August 5, 2008
Classic noir film quite close to Preminger's masterpiece Laura. Brilliant acting: above all Gene Tierney and Jose Ferrer playing a memorable villain: doctor David Korvo.
July 6, 2008
A twistedly fun kleptomania/blackmail/hypnosis plot fizzles out in a lame-brained ending.
June 15, 2008
If you can put your "Laura" expectations aside, you'll enjoy this little noir thriller. Radiant Gene Tierney stars as the wife of a psychoanalyst who falls into the clutches of a hypnotist when he learns of her propensity for shoplifting. Rosemary Clooney's husband, Jose Ferrer, stars as the scheming hypnotist, and look for Scarlett O'Hara's mother (Barbara O'Neil) as one of his victims. Tierney is beautiful and vulnerable in her fab Oleg Cassini wardrobe. Not a masterpiece, but enjoyable.
June 13, 2008
It had it's good points, but was too much like the previous pairing-up of Gene Tierney and Otto Preminger, Laura. Laura had a better cast and a catchy theme song.
½ June 7, 2008
I'm trying really hard to put aside my Lacanian approach (read: bias ;) towards psychoanalysis... in any case, it's hard to take the plot of this movie seriously... Which doesn't mean that I didn't appreciate the acting (I would watch any movie with Gene Tierney).
June 2, 2008
Frustrating in that there's a lot of complex issues going on with the characters and the story, but not enough pull to get everything to fall together. This is an excellent basis to have someone do an update with more sophisticated means of storytelling than late 40's Hollywood sidesteps around mental health, bad marriages, rape, and gender roles.
April 23, 2008
Creepy, fascinating film noir. Not quite as gripping as Laura and hasn't worn quite as well, but still well worth watching and Gene Tierney is captivating as always.
½ March 11, 2008
Interesting how the stars of today resemble the stars of yesterday. The plot was rather far fetched, but well done for what it was. An enjoyable movie experience at the Rubin Museum
½ March 10, 2008
An interesting film noir, but severely dated. Gene Tierney is lovely, as always, in her familiar genre. The best acting goes to Jose Ferrer as the con-artist/hypnotist. The movie is quite good (the lighting is wonderful) in moments, not so good in others (outing a suicidal party guest as a trick? Ha!). Worth of a look, but it doesn't measure up to a classic.
½ March 9, 2008
Tense film noir with memorable Jose Ferrer as a nefarious hypnotist. Not typical of the genre, but definitely fits the bill. The large picture in the dead woman's house kept making me think of LAURA -- which as it just so happens was also directed by Preminger. Coincidence? I think not.
December 17, 2007
I watched this at Hugh Hefner's house with Hef, his bitches, and Robert Culp!
½ September 22, 2007
An interesting but flawed film noir from one of the masters of the genre. The plot is rather incredible but the atmosphere is gripping. You can't help but adore Gene Tierney. See Laura (1944), Fallen Angel (1945) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) to better appreciate Preminger's noir style.
September 13, 2007
Interesting although not brilliant film noir. Gene Tierney is good at playing the confused accused but the psychological plot is too tiresome for the modern audience at least.
August 22, 2007
A really good film noir, that will leave you with a deep distrust of hypnotists. Although not all of the performances were spot on the plot is really sophisticated, a gold standard for the genre. Worth a look if you like black and white thrillers, if you need to be spoonfed your cinema steer clear.
½ August 19, 2007
Decent film noir. It's not all that typical (but, then, the film noir subgenre is so broad that it loses its shape at times). Gene Tierney and Jose Ferrer are especially good as the damsel in distress and the egotistical villain. Definitely a noir flick where the action and wickedness is more psychological than physical.
August 17, 2007
Well-done film noir.
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