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The Reckless Moment (The Blank Wall) (1949)

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James Mason James Mason
Martin Donnelly
Joan Bennett Joan Bennett
Lucia Harper
Geraldine Brooks Geraldine Brooks
Beatrice 'Bea' Harper
Henry O Henry O'Neill
Tom Harper
Shepperd Strudwick Shepperd Strudwick
Ted Darby
David Bair David Bair
David Harper
Roy Roberts Roy Roberts
Nagel
Jessie Arnold Jessie Arnold
Old Lady


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A good movie

1 year, 8 months ago at Sep 5 11:41
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a solid reputation (it is included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list among other things), I was quite eager to check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be a solid film noir, no doubt out it but, to be honest, the plot was slightly too thin for my taste. On the other hand, there is no d... read more
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Release date: 26 December 1949
Tags: Film Noir (4), Drama (2), Crime (1), Usa (1), Death (1), B&w (1), Blackmail (1), 1949 (1), 82 Min. (1)
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“I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it seemed to have a solid reputation (it is included in the ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ list among other things), I was quite eager to check it out. Well, eventually, it turned out to be a solid film noir, no doubt out it but, to be honest, the plot was slightly too thin for my taste. On the other hand, there is no denying that both Joan Bennett and James Mason gave some strong performances here. Indeed, I have to admit that I wasn’t really familiar with Bennett before watching this movie but she managed to be really convincing as a housewife and, yet, she was still quite charismatic at the same time and this balance act was trickier than it looked. It was also intriguing how she managed her whole household” read more

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"Between her collaborations with Fritz Lang and role in Max Ophüls’s The Reckless Moment, Joan Bennett is surely the grande dame of noir. In Ophüls’s film, though, Bennet doesn’t play the role of the femme fatale, but a strong-willed mother struggling to maintain the seeming normalcy of her middle-class existence. Blackmail, murder, and dangerous gangsters all rear their ugly heads after Bennett’s Lucia, taking her role as protector of the family to irrational heights, disposes the body"


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