Movie Diary 7/31/2019

Daisy Kenyon (Otto Preminger, 1947). Not only is the central relationship interesting – career gal Joan Crawford torn between married man Dana Andrews and returning vet Henry Fonda – but the film touches on a series of unusual issues. For some reason Preminger’s ambiguous style agrees with Crawford’s mien here: “I love you, I guess.” Footnote: This may be the only movie where a character, standing at the bottom of a staircase, comments on the way that the bottom of a staircase symbolizes upward aspirations.

The Crimson Kimono (Samuel Fuller, 1959). A fluid Fuller scenario that has potent racial implications. The ideas and the mise-en-scene are strong, even if the actors – Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Victoria Shaw – look under-rehearsed. But maybe Glenn Corbett always looked under-rehearsed.

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