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On ‎12‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 12:30 PM, Terrence1 said:

Dougie, thanks for the reminder of "Interlude."  I remember it well as being highly entertaining, with gorgeous scenery and an intriguing plot.  I also remember the beautiful title song sung by the McGuire Sisters.  Maybe someday TCM will get around to showing this.  I certainly hope so.

I just found a beautiful widescreen print of Interlude on YouTube, posted sometime this past year. It must be from the Region 2 (European) release because it hasn't been released here yet. Well worth checking out.

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'Written on the Wind' is my favorite Douglas Sirk film. But I love the bitter ironic touch at the end of 'Magnificent Obsession' where the female lead bows to convention and is 'sat down in front of a television' as reward for her cowardly choice. The only reason 'Magnificent Obsession' is not my favorite is probably that its very bright and gaudily colored and also Jane Wyman is the heroine. :(

Rec for another small film: 'Once in Paris' starring Wayne Rogers as a stodgy US businessman sent there on business, a woman from the firm he is dealing with is Bissett and he learns something new about life and the world.

 

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I first saw Tea and Sympathy with Deborah Kerr last summer and it immediately became one of my five or so favorite movies. A wonderful performance from Kerr (maybe the best of her distinguished career) and very well shot with good use of color from Vincent Minnelli. I found it tremendously moving and shattering. It's one of those movies where I'm surprised it could have made it past the Hays Code at the time given the treatment of adultery. 

It's coming on TCM late next month when they're having a Deborah Kerr mini-marathon one afternoon. It seems to be terribly underseen so hopefully some people check it out. Due to the controversy surrounding it I don't think it got much of a US release when it came out. 

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15 hours ago, TheGrandMaster said:

It's one of those movies where I'm surprised it could have made it past the Hays Code at the time given the treatment of adultery.

How about the treatment of the gay theme?  Anyhow,  while due to the Hays Code certain plot points had to be altered,  the film is still very moving and frank.

But I don't know if I would classify such a film as a romance movie;  I see it more of a coming-of-age type film.

 

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11 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

How about the treatment of the gay theme?  Anyhow,  while due to the Hays Code certain plot points had to be altered,  the film is still very moving and frank.

But I don't know if I would classify such a film as a romance movie;  I see it more of a coming-of-age type film.

 

Yeah, I didn't mention that because they sort of had to gloss over it for the movie although there is still some sexual ambiguity. And Deborah Kerr's husband is definitely a closet case.

I don't get too picky about genre distinctions. The the central relationship in the movie culminates in a romantic way so for me it is a romance movie. 

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