The original 1938 Swedish film starring Ingrid Bergman in the Crawford role is also very good. Although the whole "good triumphs over evil" thing is so Mid-Century Hollywood. In real life the greatest evil triumphs.
Un film moyen dans l'oeuvre fascinante de George Cukor, malgré une composition remarquable de Joan Crawford enlaidie, puis rayonnante de beauté après une opération de chirurgie esthétique. Une mention spéciale au petit Richard Nichols...
Crawford shines, in one of her more complex characters she portrayed. This and Mildred Pierce are some of her finest work. Cukor delivers another gem. I especially liked the interplay between Douglas, Veidt, and Crawford. Some very interesting moments in this film, and the on location shooting at the falls covered with snow really underscores the icy hearts of some of the characters here. A solid 4 star film
I don't like Joan Crawford but sometimes she was a useful pawn for her director. I am thinking of Nicholas Ray with "Johnny Guitar" or Otto Preminger with "Daisy Kenyon," for example. They figured out how to exploit her. George Cukor was probably the first. This film shows his awareness.