Sunday, 20 December 2015

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 17: Sun Jan 17

The Cobweb (Minnelli, 1955): Regent Street Cinema, 2pm

Vincente Minnelli's magnificent 1950s melodrama screens in a double-bill with The Big Sleep (showing on 35mm).

Chicago Reader review:
Vincente Minnelli's 1955 melodrama is set in a posh mental hospital; he choreographs the various plots and subplots with the same style and dynamism he brought to his famous musicals. Charles Boyer is the head of the clinic, a secret alcoholic worried about competition from hotshot young shrink Richard Widmark. Widmark, in turn, is caught in a triangle with his childish wife (Gloria Grahame) and an understanding colleague (Lauren Bacall). Among the guest loonies are Oscar Levant (who sings “Mother” in a straitjacket), Lillian Gish, Susan Strasberg, Fay Wray, John Kerr, Paul Stewart, and Adele Jergens; John Houseman produced.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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