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Lost Moment [Blu-ray] (1947)

Susan Hayward , Robert Cummings , Martin Gabel  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susan Hayward, Robert Cummings
  • Directors: Martin Gabel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K6J7MGK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a publisher sets out to find the lost love letters of a nineteenth-century poet, he rents a room from a former lover of the dead writer, but soon finds the mansion to hold terrible secrets.
Genre: Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: Blu-Ray

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TERRIFIC BUT SOMETIMES DARK FILM April 23, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Based on Henry James "The Aspern Papers", Robert Cummings head for Italy in search of the greatest poetic love letters every written to the mysterious Julianna (Agnes Moorehead made up as a very old woman). This pseudo-mystery is filled with images of light and dark in the murky old villa where Moorehead lives with her emotionless staid niece Susan Hayward who transforms magically at night into the beautiful Julianna. Hayward is almost childlike in her unworldlyness in both roles. She is in fact a dual personality. And when she begins to loosen up with the help of Cummings, things start going all wrong. Hayward's fantasy world is shattered. And she is also the best thing in this movie. In one scene where she is standing by the window and starts to unpin her hair is a marvel to watch as she changes to the lost and loving younger Julianna. The letters are found but at a tragic price.

This is a great classic movie that belongs on DVD. It has elements of mystery, schizophrenia, it's atmospheric (something that is lost in the movies being made today) and most of all, Hayward's magnificent performance.

If you can only get the VHS, by all means purchase it. It's a keeper.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Off-beat, absorbing drama August 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
3 1/2 stars. This haunting drama based on The Aspern Papers by Henry James casts a hypnotic spell on the viewer and keeps him (or her) completely entranced throughout its 89 minute running time. An intelligent script, fine photography and performances and astute direction are among this film's assets. Robert Cummings, often considered a lightweight performer, comes through here with a mature, thoughtful performance. The story of a publisher who comes to a strange house in Venice to retrieve the long lost love letters of a famous poet and runs into more than he bargained for is treated with great respect for its original literary source, avoiding crass melodrama or sensational treatment. Spend an unusual and rewarding afternoon or evening with The Lost Moment.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Moment December 28, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a rare imaginative film, though not at all like the original story by Henry James. It is also a rare dramatic performance by Bob Cummings who is mostly known for his roles in romantic comedies. Agnes Moorehead is wonderful as the ancient, mysterious Juliana and Susan Hayward gives a great performance as the mentally unstable niece whose fantasies verge on madness.

I highly recommend this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Story November 22, 2013
By mequinn
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Although it was a rather dark and haunting story, it kept my interest. I was glad that Lewis Venable did not turn out to be the cad I had expected at first. Robert Cummings and Susan Hayward gave wonderful performances.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the few imaginative reworkings of Henry James. January 9, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Although Henry James' novella 'The Aspern Papers' - about an unscrupulous American publisher (here called Lewis Venable) who plans to elicit by any means the love letters from a famous poet to a now-wizened mistress, Juliana, living with her spinster niece, Tina - is superbly dramatic, full of neurotic suspense and atmosphere, one thing prevents it being adapted faithfully to the screen - the first-person narration. There is no visual shorthand for James' notoriously unreliable storytelling, its gaps, evasions, its play between subjective consciousness and authorial control.
So 'The Last Moment' has to do what it can, changing or adding characters and motives, inventing incidents and crises. Compared to James, these revisions are generally inferior, and often ridiculous, dragging a sly parable into Gothic melodrama, with its mercenary crone at the dark centre, like Miss Havisham after two centuries in the grave, more a beast or lizard or horror freak than the beautiful muse who inspired celebrated lyric verse; or the vaguely supernatural subplot in which her schizophrenic niece 'becomes' Juliana at night, playing romantic piano music dressed in virginal white, awaiting the long-dead poet-lover, while being a tight-buttoned, sadistic lesbian-coded dominatrix in black by day; or the especially sensationalist introduction of a blackmail plot, involving Venable's caddish, cash-strapped friend.
On its own terms, however, 'Moment' is surprisingly effective, James' narrational complexity emerging in a gratifyingly ambiguous play with point-of-view and characters' perceptions. The dreamlike atmosphere of the scene where Venable discovers Tina's secret, drawn through maze-like corridors and stairways by the Ariadne's thread of distant music, is hushed and heady.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Gem April 1, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Intriguing, atmospheric and moody 40's version of a Henry James story this movie is well worth a viewing. The slightly cheap production values are more than made up for by the excellent performances of the lead actors Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward and Agnes Moorhead. This movie will certainly stay with you for longer than just a moment and I'm glad we are given the chance to see it on Amazon Prime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gothic Melodrama March 18, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This was an excellent, eerie, atmospheric chiller reminiscent of "Rebecca" and "The Innocents", also based on the writings of Henry James. Highly recommended for fans of 1940s ghost thrillers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not too scarey February 17, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Beautifully done movie. Wonderful acting by Susan Hayward and Robert Cummings. A love story with an interesting twist. It kept my interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As great as expected from Amazon
Published 11 days ago by Gerald Prazak
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Susan Hayward
A wonderful drama that somehow escaped our attention all these years. Not being much of a Susan Hayward fan, this movie sold us on her. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Marilyn Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was very good. There was suspense and romance
I thought it was very good. There was suspense and romance. Susan Hayward and Robert Cummings are two of my favorite actors.
Published 22 days ago by Verna Ruhmann
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Hard to capture the intended essence of "Aspern papers" in film. This adaptation doesn't do the novella justice.
Published 24 days ago by Timothy Nim
5.0 out of 5 stars ... movie not to be missed the actors are the best. Wish they would...
A movie not to be missed the actors are the best.Wish they would make more movies like this. then only make movies that you dont have to think about. sad we had the best
Published 28 days ago by discodom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery suspence movie with wonderful performances from...
Excellent mystery suspence movie with wonderful performances from Susan Hayward Robert Cummings & Angnes Moorehead ( who could play anything) . Read more
Published 29 days ago by RALPH STRATFORD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
GOOD
Published 1 month ago by Edd Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery
A good old mystery and great actors
Published 2 months ago by Lynn Blair-Rasmussen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Great moody film. Great print. Susan Hayward was never more beautiful. What a story!
Published 2 months ago by Cerulean Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars A Missing Minor Classic is Found
I've been waiting years for this film to be released on either DVD or Blu-Ray for years. I have always considered this as a "minor classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jimv
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