Gobsmacked by this study in contrast in the final scene: after 70 minutes or so of studying faces in extreme close-up, her march to the stake (and the crowds that gather) are absolutely epic by comparison.
Really wanted to like this one but I didn't find the satire especially biting? Matthau's character gives this Sorkin-esque monologue at the end and I find it hard to believe that this would pass for incisive, cutting commentary even in the mid-1950s.
That being said, Patricia Neal's monologue in the third act is uncannily prescient given how Haberman et al. describe the morale of their White House sources.
Ideal screening conditions for this, projected on 16mm in the back of the Oddball Films archive, at the conclusion of which the curator uttered, "I have no idea where he got a fucking grant to do that," and walked out, never to be heard from again.
You can watch it on Vimeo if you wish: vimeo.com/131832976