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The story of a desperate girl!
It was her childhood dream come true. She had married a man worth millions. But her innocent dream became a tormented nightmare once she realized the truth about her husband. He was more than a millionaire, he was absolutely insane!
Absolutely beautifully shot, Geddes bounces between Ryan and Mason's opposite magnetic poles like the billiard ball Ryan bounces in long patterns around the table as he explains how things are to Bel Geddes or the pinballs he distracts himself with as he spells out his need for control.
Some of the compositions are absolutely incredible, Bel Geddes sobbing against the wall on some stairs while Ryan sits at the bottom in a chair, the wall cutting the screen in half and making them seem like they are in totally different worlds. The depth of corridors, the use of doors and windows, Ophuls is an absolute ostentatious genius.
Ryan is vile, as only he can be, Mason manages to be charming…
the camera tracks fluidly, patiently, sometimes in key scenes reorienting the characters as their power dynamic plays out, but mostly in stark contrast to the inability of a woman to move successfully between various sets of opposing forces.
"Look at me! Look at what you bought!" - Leonora
"Caught" is a delightful melodrama by Max Ophüls that reverses the genre expectations by questioning the glittery distraction of materialism. Leonora (Barbara Bel Geddes), a model of a lower-income background who is a serious student at a finishing school, marries what appears to be a prince charming of a millionaire Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan). Once married, despite the distraction of Ohlrig's riches, she realized Ohlrig does not love her as anything more than another servant to dominate. She leaves Ohlrig, keeping the separation secret, and becomes employed as a secretary and receptionist at a doctor's office. It is there that she is employed by the handsome Dr. Larry Quinada (James…
I think I know the reason why
Producers tend to make him cry.
Inevitably they demand
Some stationary set-ups, and
A shot that does not call for tracks
Is agony for poor dear Max,
Who, separated from his dolly,
Is wrapped in deepest melancholy.
Once, when they took away his crane,
I thought he'd never smile again...
(Poem written about Max Ophüls by James Mason)
Caught doesn't quite stack up to Letter From an Unknown Woman in terms of being Ophul's best Hollywood produced film. However what it does manage to do is still admirable nonetheless. In fact I thought the really risqué nature and demented plot line of the film's story was its most stand out feature. You don't get too many films like these detailing an insane egomaniac millionaire during this censored time period in Hollywood's history, let alone plot points that deal in unwanted pregnancies used as leverage in battle. If any criticism would be lodged against the plot (and again it is already quite understandable because of the time period) it would be that they didn't take the material far enough.…
The story of Donald Trump and his wives?
I cannot help but see Robert Ryan's cold hearted, money hungry, destroy everyone, win at any cost millionaire as a model for Donald Trump. Ryan's character is a low life, a use who is even willing to use his unborn child as hostage in a game to hold on to a wife he neither loves or even wants. Nobody leaves him until he decides to dismiss them.
Barbara Bel Geddes is the young girl from the poor side of town who falls in love with the millionaire but soon realizes he Is not in love with her. She like everyone else in his life is just for him to use and to be there when he wants them to. Bel…
The story of Donald Trump and his wives?
Problematic, contrived, and very whiny, but Ophüls' shot compositions make up for all narrative shortcomings. His best positioning of actors tends to follow a strict formula: actor in foreground and actor in background both locked in a tense state, yet trying to avoid direct contact. A feeling of disassociation pervades throughout the movie, providing evidence of Ophüls' ability to enhance a cheap and forgettable story into cinematic splendor.
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Noir travagliato, sia per la componente melodrammatica, che per essere passato tra le mani di due registi ben distinti come John Barry e Max Ophuls.
L'oppressione vissuta dalla protagonista non ha il giusto respiro, e il personaggio di Mason non convince del tutto.
Peccato per il personaggio interessantissimo di Ryan che avrebbe meritato un approfondimento migliore.
Finale affrettato e poco convincente.
Comunque sia, la classe di Ophuls dietro la m.d.p. è incontestabile e anche in questo lavoro non propriamente riuscito, regala diversi momenti notevoli (il discorso tra Ryan e Mason, con la macchina che oscilla tra uno e l'altro, senza stacchi).
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I will try not to put any spoilers in this review, but I warning you here - if you are familiar with this genre and Robert Ryan type of roles, I am not really spoiling anything.
This is not to say anyone dies or does not die in this film. Just saying that if you are familiar with these actors and the genre, you start to get familiar with screen images.
Geddes is a model who meets Ryan when she is given an invitation to his party without meeting him and talks to him not realizing who he is - a very rich man who hates people and hates losing.
They get married.
Mason plays a doctor for whom she…
I have to imagine this is the only Hollywood movie to ever end on a miscarriage....and for that miscarriage to result in a happy ending.
That movie is ten shades of bonkers. There's so much going on everywhere. The psychopathic villain--apparently inspired by Howard Hughes (Ophuls' one-time boss), though I choose to believe he's Trump before Trump--at one point says "I'm a self-made man. My father left me with 4 million dollars, and I turned it into 40 million dollars." I have never laughed harder.
It was the first Ophuls movie I've seen. It reminded me a bit of Joe Wright--I'll have to check to see if Wright has ever cited him as an influence. Lots of fancy camera movements…
I was engrossed in the beginning when the main character (Barbara Bel Geddes) attends finishing school and lands a wealthy husband (Robert Ryan). Somewhere in the middle, the story and performances fell a bit flat for me. One of my favorite actors, James Mason, in his first American film role, couldn't even regain my initial enthusiasm when he appeared as the kind doctor who employs Bel Geddes. There were some good moments, for sure, but just wasn't as engaging to me as I hoped.
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This is getting to be a habit.. having watched this 3 times in the past couple years. It IS a good movie though.. so I don't mind the re-watches. Fantastic cinematography and acting make this a must see.
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