What I like about this film


I like the tricky love triangles in this film. I was intrigued throughout how exactly any of the characters felt about each other. And what they would do next. These secret influences last until the very last scene of the film.

I like the setting of a shoreline beset by the elements. And the way that the weather matches the characters at various points. First the fog rolling into the shore creates mystery. Peggy enigmatically refers to ghosts. Scott has nightmares but is fogged as to their cause. I like the way they don't know their own feeling too well. Then there is the storm and the windswept beach scenes. The characters are again matched by the elements. Being tossed about by the situation. Not knowing was is happening to them.

I like the way that the illicit couple feel the need to hide away from a man who cannot see them. At one point, Scott feels sure that Todd is not blind. I like the way that we don't know which character is the most dangerous. These characters don't conform to those of most film of the time. Robert Ryan, Joan Bennett and Charles Bickford play them well. This is such an unusual film that I like very much.

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Yeah Hollywood were lucky to have Jean Renoir for a decade after he fled France due to WW2. His characters are so fascinating with lots going on under the surface. Pity that RKO butchered his first cut here and (as a result) the running time is so short😞

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I would liked to have seen the full cut of this film. It's underrated even as it is. Having just seen it again I have rated it 9/10. Full of Renoir atmospheric magic.

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