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160 Ratings

Daisy Kenyon

Directed by Otto Preminger
United States, 1947
Drama, Romance


Commercial artist Daisy Kenyon is involved with married lawyer Dan O’Mara, and hopes someday to marry him, if he ever divorces his wife Lucille. She meets returning veteran Peter, a decent and caring man, whom she does not love, but who offers her love and a more hopeful relationship.

Daisy Kenyon Directed by Otto Preminger
Fonda is never more touching than when playing manic-depressive courtship mode (“The world’s dead, everybody in it’s dead but you”), but as his Lapham regains his equilibrium he takes up a watch-and-wait tactic. Preminger likewise keeps his distance, and his typically pragmatic approach, as well as choice location shooting, gives potentially overwrought material a surprising earthbound heft – the weight of real places, real people, real desire, real feelings.
February 03, 2017
Jolting behavioral touches—hard stares and startled retreats, sudden kisses, blows, and tears—thrust the action into the realm of mental disturbance. The city seems steeped in postwar trauma; the very fabric of urban life is torn by the fury of warped and damaged men. As Dan’s marriage breaks up and moves to the tabloid scandal of divorce court, the triangle builds to a fearsome pitch of public conflict and psychic crisis. Rarely have love and madness seemed so fruitfully allied.
June 17, 2016
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Even if [Preminger] wasn’t invested (though Fujiwara details his keen involvement in the pre-production phase), his style is effortless—and unmistakable… In one scene, a waiter presumptuously tells Lapham, who’s followed Daisy to the movies in hopes of a second date, that he knows a guy who can trail his ‘wife,’ and in another, Daisy rebuts Lapham’s dramatic monologue. It’s neither noir nor melodrama, but it is a Preminger film. Case closed.
April 22, 2016

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