House of Horrors (1946, USA, Yarbrough) – An artist finds inspiration in the deformed face of a killer, and uses him to act out his rage against the critics who mock him. Beauty is virtue: The bad guy looks creepy and makes grotesque statues. The good guy is good looking and paints pretty pictures of pretty pin-up girls. I, for one, cheer for the bad guy. Watched it all.
The Hoodlum Saint (1946, USA, Taurog) – William Powell returns from the war, (the previous one), and finds he’s got no job or money. But he has friends, and a wise neighbourhood priest, so he’ll be allright. Watched: 11 minutes.
Kris (1946, Sweden, Bergman) – A girl who’s been adopted by a respectable small town family is visited by her fun-loving biological mother and a no-good dandy, who teach her to boogie woogie. It’s a clash of small-town and big-town values, with a little of good and bad in both, but the small-town values come out ahead. Watched it all.
California (1946, USA, Farrow) – The scourge of state-named movies continues. There’s been maybe ten so far, so I guess there are fourty left. This one shows how California was founded by Barbara Stanwyck, a prostitute with a heart of gold. Watched: 12 minutes.
Beauty and the Beast (1946, France, Cocteau) – The French insist on making these odd, unappealing dramedies. There must be a reason for this. Watched: 11 minutes. IMDB reviewers argue that “Cocteau’s attempt to socialize his female viewers and alleviate their fear of sex is clear through textual analysis”.
A piece of absolutely useless info : Actress Lena Olin is the daughter of actor Stig Olin, who plays the part of Jack in Bergman’s first movie ‘Kris’. Stig Olin is the dubious character in the striped suit. And Lena Olin was cast in Bergman productions both on the stage and in some of his movies.
Useless trivia is more than welcome in this blog.
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