35mm. There was Yôko Tsukasa and Hideko Takamine in Mikio Naruse's "Midaregumo" and Midareru", and Yumeji Tsukioka in Kinuyo Tanaka's "Chibusa yo eien nare"/"The Eternal Breasts". Now, in that place, where all adjectives are in the superlative, i have among them, Susan Hayward, in one of the most iridescent performances by which my tears have run. Along with her, Wise with a superlative cinematographic construction.
The Camus and (bookending/repeated!) Ed Montgomery onscreen-title commentaries are superfluous; the two dignitaries would've been much better left to say their piece from outside the celluloid itself. But otherwise, some very fine stuff -- more CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE/SET-UP Wise than SOUND OF MUSIC WIse. The courtroom bit(s) is/are...courtroom bits, perhaps a bit more precise/intense than usual.
"If you compare Dance With A Stranger with I Want To Live, you realize how poor a movie the British one is." - Quentin Crisp "I like the film history of Los Angeles, and I'm constantly searching for the smogginess and dim-light of those old films... Susan Hayward in Smash-Up, or Susan Hayward in I Want To Live..." - Morrissey