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After 36 Years, The Affair Melodramatic at First, the Mystery Dynamite
on August 12, 2017
I was thinking, before seeing the film again after all these years, that there are way too many films that combine sensuality and violence, and here's one that doesn't. Well the joke's on me and an obvious memory lapse regarding the plot. I was surprised at how unnaturally and early-soap operaish the first scenes, depicting the protagonists' impassioned attraction, come off, but then equally surprised at how sexually explicit some scenes are for an American film released in 1981. The film is reminiscent of some of the French "art," often "noir" ones, shown in boutique-like theaters of the period. The score is often hyper-suspenseful and overdone in that regard. The acting is good, not great. But hey, it's a really good film, a smart and totally absorbing mystery and, for me, sometimes hide-your-eyes scary. Apart from the unconvincing, even giggle-inducing start, I loved it!