24 octobre 2010
This movie, with its portrait of Howard Hughes, is probably the most American of Max Ophüls' American movies. Ophüls had suffered at Hughes' hands—had wasted time on worthless projects and been referred to as "the oaf."
In this movie, a vicious, half-mad millionaire (Robert Ryan) marries a young innocent (Barbara Bel Geddes) in order to spite his analyst. The movie centers on the desperate predicament of the girl when, pregnant, she realizes that she is just a cynical joke to her husband.
James Mason plays the doctor who tries to help her. Curt Bois appears as the millionaire's slimy pimp—a worm who finally turns. This well-acted, little-publicized melodrama was a financial failure, but it's emotionally complex and has strong undercurrents. Robert Ryan is very convincingly scary. The script, by Arthur Laurents, was ostensibly based on the novel Wild Calendar, by Libby Block, which Enterprise Pictures had hired Ophüls to do, but which he had no interest in. Actually, Laurents built the script on stories that Ophüls told him about Hughes, and on the accounts given by one of Hughes' girls. Cinematography by Lee Garmes; music by Frederick Hollander. MGM.
See also: (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040221/plotsummary)
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