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An excellent film that is marred with an intrusive narration. Yet, this spy thriller is a stunning visual achievement as it was shot in Germany immediately after the war. The rubble is a striking backdrop for the scenes where a international group of people search for a kidnapped diplomat.
This was among the first films where Robert Ryan started to sear his presence into stardom. There's a nice chemistry between him and Merle Oberon and the rest of the supporting cast is excellent especially Paul Lukas as the diplomat.
Jacques Tourneur directs with a great sense of timing as the film clips along nicely. His only flaw was the excessive use of narration that goes from exposition to meddlesome documentary.
My wife, who dislikes old melodramas, got sucked into this film. It's a very well done romantic soap opera with an excellent duel performance by Bette Davis.
I've recently become a huge admirer of film director Jean Negulesco. If you love films that are impeccably photographed, meticulously directed and don't mind the schmaltz I urge you to see Humoresque and Negulesco's other films.
The comic book plot might be an insult to comic books. The video game violence is an insult to anyone seeking some credulity to a killer offing multiple people without knowing what he is up against. It's not an awful movie. Not at all. It's popularity is a testament to that. But, there's so many opportunities missed for the filmmakers to say something about its thinly developed themes.
Martin Scorsese's film is an immediate classic. Great movies offer layers and layers of cinematic deliciousness and cast hours and hours of scrumptious thought and discussion. This movie does that. For Robert DeNiro, this film is itself a homage to his illustrious career