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Excellent transfer of a rare CinemaScope "melodrama"!,
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This epic, but stolid, CinemaScope version of Sloan Wilson's best seller is clearly a precursor of the contemporary Mad Men TV series - even the wife is called Betsy. Good performances don't quite lift the rather long and long-winded script (2hrs 28mts) into the realms of truly memorable cinematic art - but that said it's all enjoyable enough if a trifle "rambling" at times. Peck and Jones work hard and inject a complex realism into the storyline which takes it out of the realm of melodrama and gives an unexpectedly realistic edge. The print is excellent and the stereophonic soundtrack receives a very pleasing transfer too.
A recommended rarity but don't expect fast pace or full-blooded verismo - this is a slow burn, talky, and rather stage-bound film which still provides much interest if you relax into it!
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Initial post: 13 Jul 2014 10:45:08 BDT
B. V. Thomaas says:
A great review. I have been reading many of your pieces and they are of enormous assistance.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2014 10:49:50 BDT
Adrian Drew says:
Many thanks. That is most kind.
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