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When famous West End actress Anna (Ingrid Bergman) meets married diplomat Phillip (Cary Grant), sparks fly and the two begin a torrid love affair. Much later, Anna learns something about Phillip that puts their relationship in jeop
I love Bergman and Grant, but here they're stuck with a sily and dated script and the result is an epically boring movie; in fact, if it weren't for the gorgeous Christian Dior ball gowns, I wouldn't like anything about it. Cary seems to be doing an impersonation of himself, sleepwalking through his cliché mannerisms and speeches. He never seems sincere and keeps his costar at an emotional distance (but it is fun to see him dance a jig). Ingrid seems phony and arrogant and just off-putting. She's supposed to be glamorous but just looks tired and plain. They have no romantic chemistry at all and in keeping with the time, share only a few tepid kisses, though much more is implied. The dialogue is unbelievably stilted, so ultra-witty and sophisticated that it never sounds like real conversation. It's based on a play and filmed in a very artificial, stagy way.
I was amazed at how dull the movie was and actually dozed off in the middle. Because it's about a man who pretends to be married to avoid commitment and a woman who wants to carry on with a married man, I didn't like or admire either of them. The voluminous gowns are vintage 50s and are the best part of the movie.
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2010 8:17:32 PM PDT
D. Blankenship says:
You know, I know I saw this flim years and years ago. I know I did cause it is in my log book...yes, I record such things...have since I was a kid..but you know, even after reading your review, I do not remember one thing about this work...not one thing! That is odd for me. It certainly must not have made much of an impression. Great reveiw.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2010 9:32:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2010 9:33:25 PM PDT
I can believe it, Don. Over the years, I've seen bits and pieces of the movie on TV, but never was moved to sit down and watch it. I finally got it on Netflix and just didn't enjoy it. And with two of my favorite actors, too! Pretty dresses, but the story just didn't appeal to me.
Posted on Dec 26, 2011 4:34:26 AM PST
C. Mathieu says:
I agree, this is neither Cary Grant's nor Ingrid Bergman's best movie.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:56:13 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:58:34 AM PST
Id seen many brief clips over the years that looked oh-so glamorous and fun, but the movie was a snooze for me.
In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 11:04:15 AM PDT
I watched this again last night. The review is spot on, even too kind. DVD PQ about same as VHS.
In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 12:44:10 PM PDT
Oh, thank you, humbug! I was just mentioning my feelings about this movie to someone yesterday and they thought I was crazy.
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