6 Feb 2016 Opening Week at the new Pacific Film Archive! The newly built PFA is beautiful, splendid, a joy and a tribute to Cinema. A great part of my enjoyment of film comes from the atmosphere of sitting in a great cinema house, at its best, a cathedral in which to worship. Tarnished Angels was screened in a brand new 35mm print, flawless, on a brand new projector and a brand new screen to a sold-out house of 250.
"Desire" list: men in Sirk are on the verge of a loss of masculinity, according to the prevailing social standards, but almost winning the femininity force that makes women in his films striking resistance figures. On the edge of this abyss is Robert Stack, usually so manly standard and here as volatile as the air that fits, frames and devours him.
Not as good as the previous Sirk film, Written on the Wind that starred these 3 leads but a great underloved melodrama.Sirk does stark, expressionistic b &w just as well as he does technicolor. The broken characters unique to films of this decade mix with Sirk's usual overwrought treatment in an appealing end result.
I didn't think Sirk would work in b&w, but I was wrong. Hell, I was very wrong. Incredible lighting and play of light and shadow, and from sweeping broad shots to intimate scenes between broken souls. Hudson is good as always, but Malone is fantastic.
It's a good film with great acting specially Rock Hudson and Dorothy Malone. One of the few successful screenplays of William Faulkner, it's a story of single-mindness but also of sacrifice. It's well told and done in a very interesting way, never becoming boring.