Woodus is an innocent country girl who loves her pet fox. She escapes her harsh life to run barefoot through the woods, and found there by the local squire, Reddin, who is struck by her beauty. The obvious conflict develops when the squire tries to kill Hazel’s pet fox.
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[Cinémathèque PT #333: 35 mm] (2006) There are films and there is CINEMA. This belongs (oh-boy does it belong!) to the latter category. For sure. Just that woman waltzing through a film set with cameras pointing at her makes the trip to the Cinematheque worthwhile. It's so free it's so pretty. It's so calm. It's such an hymn to life and to wondrous things.
This is as style-for-style's-sake as P&P got and it's a beautiful, mangy beast indeed. These guys were world-makers and this is another fine one to pay a visit to. Be warned: I don't know what the christ accent Jennifer Jones is supposed to be putting on, but it does occasionally sting going down.
Florid melodrama almost as untamed as its heroine. On balance it falls between the penny romances of Gainsborough and the more introspective dourness of Emily Bronte. Not a failure, but a slither of a premise running riot all over the place. Saturated Technicolor doesn't help.
A waving shawl in a moonlit white-stoned hill landscape, a deep orange sunset celebrating the sexual fulfillment of the main character, a hound dog's growl underscoring the jealous confrontation of two men,...
2.5 stars. I think this film is a true curiosity. Powell and Pressburger had lost their mojo by this time. They still had enough of a name to lure a big star but little of their bravura remained. You can still see their intentions, though.