Razor's Edge [VHS]
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Though a little too old and too handsome for the role of Larry Darell Tyrone Power, turns in a beautifully felt performance of a man in search for himself and his place in the world. A very modern and complex idea for the 1940's involving a trip to India and consultations with a guru. Gene Tierney is perfect as the woman who loves him and will stop at nothing to get him. This underrated beauty gives one of her best performances in an unsympathetic role. Anne Baxter, who won her Oscar as Sophie, is at times touching, real and yet manages to chew her share of the scenery toward the end of the picture. She is just plain fun to watch. But the picture is completely stolen by the wonderful, prissy and perfect performance of Clifton Web.Read more ›
as for the DVD, it is a good clean transfer. the only true extra is the commentary. it is still well worth the money.
This is a movie about a non-conformist; Larry doesn't want to live the life society expects of him, he wants to savor life on his own terms. Isn't that what your life should be about anyways? Somehow you sense that in the 21st century Larry would not be driving an SUV and a gas grill would not be sitting on his patio underneath the satellite disk. Perhaps it would be more accurate to state that Larry is his own man and that he is more concerned about what he thinks of himself versus what others think of him. Clifton Webb is perfect as Elliott Templeton, the quitessential snob who is catty and generous in equal turns. John Payne is a self-effacing Gray and Anne Baxter shines as Sophie. At the movies conclusion, the only person you can envy is Larry, because he is living life exactly the way he wants.
Tyrone Power does some of his best acting work in this film. Perhaps his military service deepened him, or the story line seemed more important and personal to him, but I believed his quest for something beyond the conventional, comfortable life. Unfortunately, as a fan of Gene Tierney, I find this her worst work. Even at her best she can be alittle blank, but here, a level of mental machinery is required of this manipulative, calculating character, and we are left always seeing only an beautiful empty surface. Her eyes betray no inner life. And yet, as soon as you dismiss her as an empty shell, she will have a really lovely moment of total truth, ususally in the most odd places. She is perfectly cast as the pampered, narrow minded patrician. She does look a bit like Kathryn Hepburn, who was considered for the role, but determined to not have enough charm - and it is true. Hepburn in this role would have had more fire and spirit, but not this genteel icy sweetness. We do see why he loves her inspite of knowing how rotten she is.
Contrast Tierney's blankness with a very young Anne Baxter who has a very demanding role; first mousy and insecure, heartbroken and heartbreaking, and then alcoholic and defeated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love old movies and Tyron Power, this is a goodie! Classic! Hardly ever shows on TV. Good one!!Published 9 days ago by Skyhorse
I really Loved This Movie and Really Hated Gene Tierney in this role, Absolutely Fantastic, and what a Cast. Only problem was the DVD Cover is totally Different.Published 16 days ago by Jacinta
A great movie with excellent actors at last on Bluray ! I can strongly recommend this Bluray to future Amazon customers.This movie is a truly jewel of the forties.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Saw reference while enjoying Hemingway exhibit at Boston's Kennedy Library. Watched this, then Bill Murray version. Now listening to the audio book to get the bigger picture.Published 1 month ago by Upbeat
Incredible storytelling and film making. So glad such a well-made film was done on this book.Published 1 month ago by James Essence
A timeless story about one man's quest to fine meaning in his life.Published 2 months ago by Reviewer in Cali
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