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The Reckless Moment - James Mason, Joan Bennett (NTSC all regions)

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** - Import from South Korea. NTSC all regions. Language: English. Subtitle: Korean or none. - ** After discovering the dead body of Bea Harper's lover, Bea's mother Lucia hides the body under the assumption that it was her daughter who killed the man. Martin Donnelly comes to blackmail Lucia on behalf of his partner Nagel and falls in love with Lucia instead. Nagel wants the money and Donnelly kills Nagel to protect Lucia, and then kills himself to end the impossible relationship with the married Lucia.


Product Details

  • Actors: James Mason, Joan Bennett
  • Directors: Max Ophuls
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White, Subtitled, Import, Full Screen
  • Subtitles: Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004A30AW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Larry from Brooklyn on May 5, 2011
This film is rarely screened and seldom shown on tv, but it remains one of Ophuls' finest Hollywood films along with Caught and Letter From an Unknown Woman. Recently remade as The Deep (with Tilda Swinton)the plot is built around a mother (Joan Bennett who co-produced with her husband Walter Wanger) who attempts to cover up what she assumes is a murder committed by her teenage daughter. Watch the film yourself to get the details because to know more is to spoil the suspense. The story is complicated by the entrance of an underworld figure played by James Mason who is sent to blackmail the woman, only to find himself both admiring and falling in love with her. There are early feminist strands to the mix, a poignant love story, a noir thriller, the revelations of Ophuls moving camera, and one splendid minor performance by who plays the housekeeper. This is a haunting and beautiful film which reveals new levels of meaning and irony with every viewing. But stay away from this vendor. The transfer is adequate but second rate. The only other version I am aware of (and purchased)is British with a very good transfer (with useful extras) and available from Amazon UK. The catch is that you will need an all region DVD player (Phillips is functional if you have not purchased one). This is a masterpiece that deserves the Criterion treatment, which will come eventually one hopes. Meanwhile, try to view it at the Museum of Modern Art or a similar venue in your region. If you love the genre, or the director, or just wonderful screen acting (both Bennett and Mason are splendid)don't hesitate to make the trip. (And don't miss viewing Ophuls' Caught if you get the opportunity).
This rating applies to the British version. I belong to a cinema society that has been burned by subpar copies of this vendor's films (specifically Journey to Italy and Letter from an Unknown Woman) so don't spoil your fun by purchasing from here.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Mathieu on June 26, 2011
I wish I could write such eloquent movie reviews as the previous reviewer, unfortunately I can't, but I enjoy reading them.
"The reckless Moment" is my favorite film noir (I would list "Conflict" (Bogart) and "My Name is Julia Ross" (Nina Foch) as my three favorite film noirs of all times).

Joan Bennett and James Mason are truly impressive and I've seen most of their movies over the past 40 years, but would rate this as their best film. Yes, I agree, they have great on screen chemistry, but Lucia Harper's husband does not come across as dull when you read the novel by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding which is called "The Blank Wall". In the book they seem to have a very loving relationship and both suffer from being separated for a while. It's a wonderful novel and I recommend it very much:

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The only difference between the novel and the movie: the movie has been filmed in Balboa, CA, the novel is located on Long Island in NYC.

I wish there would be more movies like this.

Also great film noirs: "Cause for Alarm" (Loretta Young) and "Out of the Past" (Robert Mitchum.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Moffatt on July 13, 2013
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This Korean DVD of Max Ophuls "The Reckless Moment" was recorded at the wrong speed and the cast looks like they`re on speed. Voices are higher than normal. James Mason sounds like Tab Hunter, only British. Columbia should release this on DVD. They do good work when they get around to it. I hope they do it soon. I Ain`t Gettin` Any Younger And I Ain`t Gonna Wait To Long. I`ve returned my copy to Amazon and hopefully they will stop selling this botched version of a classic movie. But,Hey! Who Knew?
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One of the all-time great Film Noirs by one of the greatest of all European Directors slumming some time in Hollywood,
The Reckless Moment was tartly remade as The Deep End with Tilda Swinton. Watch them both for master class in great
acting and direction. James Mason was never better--matched perhaps by his monumental performance in Carol Reed's
Odd Man Out--and the mostly outdoor So-Cal settings, shot in gliding motion by Ophuls mobile camera--combine to make
a creepy, involving film that mashes up domestic tranquility with queasy moral panic. Brilliant. Utterly Brilliant.
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