Ehh. Advise and Consent starts off strong enough but all of the bluster and kicked up dust land pretty quickly in the second act and it was too long. For as great as the ensemble cast is, too many of the characters seemed unnecessary and a lot of them just kind of disappeared. Great acting and wonderful direction, but overall just a pretty flat movie with a few performances to make a difference.
One of Preminger's masterworks and a way ahead of its time classic. Henry Fonda is exceptional and every other actor (in roles large and/or small) is perfect: George Grizzard; Burgess Meredith; Charles Laughton: Walter Pidgeon
One of the best Preminger's works. The total domain of the camera, actors and dialogues in this film creat an unstoppable rhythm until the end (reminding me "Sweet Smell of Success"). I need to focus another precious aspect, Preminger touch the two of the most visible paranoids in the american society "communism" and "homosexuality" and how he unmask them and combine in the same intrigue.
On notera une interprétation formidable de l'ensemble des acteurs, Charles Laughton en tête, dans son dernier rôle, et bien entendu, une réalisation solide d'Otto Preminger. A voir sans hésitation, toutes affaires cessantes... www.cinefiches.com