At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to design and make new drapes for the library.
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Cinematography by George J. Folsey. In "poesia" list because of Gish, Bacall, Grahame and Susan Strasberg. And in "desire" on the account of Widmark and John Kerr. How to stage a modern fiction with the rules of the classic system with an enlargement bigger than its nature? Here is the answer: a visual luxury concerning a digression upon the mind and human weaknesses. And in the end, there were no curtains.
Drapes as existential & psychosexual crises, the illness of normal life, decor/decoration, controlling chaos by letting it resolve itself, different modes of performance, of spectacle, of artistic representation: the juxtaposition between comedy & melodrama has never been more slippery. J. Rancíere is right: Minnelli's lesson is indeed mysterious, everyone's sick, there are mirrors everywhere. I love this filmmaker.
John Kerr's Steven W. Holte delivers lines just like Natalie Wood's Judy in Rebel Without A Cause but as both films were released in 1955 I wonder which kid inspired which? And the drapes...Twin Peaks' Nadine Hurley would understand.
Plenty of histrionics and orchestra swells over what drapes to put up (think "Picnic," but with interior decorators and asylum patients). Heavy-handed but quite entertaining....would have been better as a Douglas Sirk movie.