I'm late again. Oh, well.
Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock) **** - This is a second viewing of one of Hitchcock's major films. For those of you who don't know, it's about a young girl (Teresa Wright) who starts to suspect her beloved uncle (Joseph Cotten) could be a wanted serial killer. It's said to be Hitchcock's favorite among his films and it's a thrilling, compelling piece of work.
Women in Love (Ken Russell) *** -
Director Ken Russell passed away relatively recently and it occurred to
me I have yet to see a film of his. This is the film I chose to lose my
Ken Russell virginity to. It's an adaptation of a DH Lawrence novel
about two sisters during the 1920's who have affairs with two
upper-class men who are close friends with some complications of course.
Overall, I thought it was a very good film. Ken Russell manages to make
what's essentially a period romantic drama into something that feels
quite contemporary and not stuffy at all. Glenda Jackson was very, very
good in her Oscar-winning role but I find it a bit strange that she won
while Oliver Reed, who for me had the most compelling, complicated role
and was the standout of the piece, wasn't even nominated. Oh, well. I
look forward to more films from Russell.