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Fallen Angel [1945] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Anne Revere
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GNJEC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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FALLEN ANGEL
A film by Otto Preminger

Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews), a press agent down on his luck, drifts into a small Californian coastal town. He meets June (Alice Faye), a wealthy but reclusive woman, and has his eye on Stella (Linda Darnell), a sultry waitress. In love with Stella but broke, Eric marries June for her money, planning a rapid divorce. However when Stella is murdered, the story takes an unexpected turn.

This somewhat neglected film noir is a dark study in romantic pathology. With Joseph LaShelle's photography and Preminger's trademark fluid camera work and long takes, Fallen Angel demonstrates all of the director's intelligence, control and stylishness.

DVD extras include theatrical trailer and biographies of Preminger and story-writer Marty Holland.

USA | 1945 | black & white | Optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 98 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Blower on 9 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
There is a great deal in Fallen Angel that does not stack up. The dialogue and characterisation of the heroine does not convince us as viewers, and therefore would not be potent enough to bring about the change in the characterisation of the film's anti-hero, and there his salvation. The hard-boiled cop from New York, with the farcical interrogation technique, does not gell either. But even with these significant flaws, the Fallen Angel qualifies as an outstanding film noir: Dana Andrews makes more than a good fist of the role, and portrays a vulnerability that you know compels him to do bad things, and Linda Darnell, in the femme fatale role, easily draws you in, as does the main location for plot development, the tiny diner on the quayside, surrounded by fog and a sense of foreboding. The flaws of the Fallen Angel are forgiven and, once seen, the film is not forgotten. Almost a masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan 2012
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This is pure film-noir formula: a stranger arrives in town, gets involved in a scam for a beautiful girl, and suddenly finds his life moving in a unexpected direction. Unfortunately, Andrews kind of plods through it without his usual charm and realistic edge. The others actors are not much better. But the underlying flaw is that the plot just doesn't work very well. Rather than getting wrapped up in a fun yarn, I just wanted to get through it.

On the positive side, the atmospherics are very good, i.e. small town desperation and the enticing anonymity of the big nearby town, San Francisco. The viewer is also kept guessing right up until the end, which completely surprised me, both in culprit and resolution. Andrews succeeds in breathing some life into his character.

I would recommend that hardcore film noir fans rent this, but you won't want to re-view it. Casual viewers should go for the other, far better film noirs out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Taylor on 23 Mar 2011
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Having read some other reviews of Fallen Angel, more than one critiscizes Alice Faye's performance as shallow and not equal to that of Linda Darnell.
However in Alice's defence it must be pointed out that her performance as seen in the finished print was far short of what she had originally created. It is a well documented fact that she filmed several other scenes with Dana Andrews which according to Alice added dimension and motivation to her character. In one of these she sang the song Slowly as it played on the car radio (in the film it is heard on the juke box several times sung by Dick Haymes) in a dramatic scene ending in a row with Dana Andrews at the end of which he slapped her.

Alice had believed that Fallen Angel would initiate a new period in her screen career, with more serious roles. She had very high hopes of it, working with the star and director of 1944's Laura. However, in the editing, the emphasis of the story was shifted to bad girl Stella at the expense of June. Whether this happened at Preminger's or Zanuck's instruction is not known, but it caused a huge rift between Alice and Darryl F Zanuck. Alice, aware that her performance was no longer as effective as she wanted, is alleged to have left a preview screening of Fallen Angel at the studio in tears, never to return until 1962. In the late 1940's Fox sent many scripts to her in the hope of wooing her back - eg A Letter to three wives - but all to no avail.

So, I do ask modern viewers to bear all that in mind. Alice's characterization shows June to be a warm, romantic individual who is literally swept off her feet and it is her trusting belief in Eric which prevails in the end. She understands Eric's shortcomings but believes her love can transcend them, which it does.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George A. Mcghee on 23 Mar 2011
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I have to agree with Mr Taylor in support of Alice Faye and Fallen Angel. It is well known that Alice left Fox because of the severe cutting to her scenes and walked out with years still remaining on her contract at $5,500 per week ! Let's get this right - Alice Faye was a huge star at Fox - Linda Darnell never was - she was a leading lady and a very capable and beautiful actress but Linda Darnell was not a cash cow to Fox as Alice had been for a decade.The mutilation of Alice's scenes so upset her at a studio preview that she got in her car and threw her dressing room keys to the gate man as she drove off the lot that she had been queen of for some 10 + years. Betty Grable had it written into her contract that she had to be photographed in colour - Alice Faye had Director approval in her contract and was the only star at Fox with this clause. Zanuck did not want to lose Alice Faye but he did want her to toe the line and stick to musicals so he probably had a direct hand in the deletion of some of her key scenes which gave a fuller interpretation to her characterisation of June Mills. Zanuck was always involved in the editing of his films and in this case he gaffed as he lost Alice Faye and therefore a great deal of income to Fox. I think that although the June Mills character is not fully flesh and blood , faye does a fairly good job of trying to make her so and the quoting from the bible in the hotel room is fantastic. I have read several books about Preminger and he was happy with Faye's performance in Fallen Angel but even Otto could not stop Zanuck tampering which is sad as Fox and the public lost a warm, tender and capable actress at only 30 years of age.
Judge Fallen Angel knowing the facts please.
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