Something in between 'Leave her to Heaven' and 'Gone with the Wind'. The film offers Hedy Lamarr the chance to be more than the beautiful but decorative movie star she had at the beginning of her Hollywood career, and she is very convincing in the role. Sanders, for once not playing a cad, is a perfect partner. Just don't mind the diversity of accents... ^^
Moralistic, misogynistic, misanthropic crap, made all the more unbearable by a horrible, overbearing score. The most creative part of this pablum is the costumes and set design. I would like to say that this is the worst of mid-century Hollywood, but unfortunately it isn't.
As Gene Tierney in "Leave Her to Heaven", nothing of this woman is strange, except in the eyes of the ordinary citizen, which are not the eyes of the unusual views. From the extraordinary prologue to the insane final is a whole aesthetic of the shadows, coming from the German cinema of the Weimar period, appropriating the classic North-American dramaturgy and its appetite for the hidden areas of the soul.
While Hedy Lamarr is compelling as Jenny, the femme fatale who will stop at nothing to get what she wants, she sometimes appears to be channeling Scarlett O'Hara. And some of the shots of her such as descending the staircase also seem to have been borrowed from Gone With the Wind. While this movie is way too melodramatic for my taste, it is still well worth watching.
The woman truly is strange, and I enjoyed the tension between her flighty infatuations as they develop into serious obsessions which put other people at risk. The subtlety of her expressions are truly admirable and allows for the strangeness surrounding her to take on an opaque and unclear quality.