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This review is from: Woman on the Beach [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This movie is bonkers. Really. But in a hugely enjoyable, can't wait to see where it's going way. Directed by Jean Renoir, WOTB stars Noir stalwart Robert Ryan and Joan Bennett and fab character actor Charles Bickford.
Ryan's dreams/nightmares at the start of the movie are an indication of the intense psychological drama to come. Never completely predictable, this movie should be accepted as the unique gem it is. Never completely sure of what kind of movie it is, the movie studio famously re-cut it mercilessly. But don't let that spoil the movie for you. What you're watching is in every sense a complete & worthwhile experience.
With so many of today's movies little more than one note/leave your brain at home wonders, this intense melodramatic noir infused psycho-drama repays scrutiny and is well worth owning.