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  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Easy see to how the ending could be deflating for some, but there’s just something so pointed in the occlusion of a flesh-and-blood analogue for the imagined Alice Reed, especially when other male figures from Wanley’s dreamscape manifest themselves in their harmless forms. She is once again confined to the painting in the window, an almost heartbreaking development, Wanley’s longing, penultimate stare seeming to impart a desire for the dream to repeat (he flees only after a distorted enactment of…

  • Steamboat Round the Bend

    Steamboat Round the Bend


    Eugene Pallette later became a screwball fixture (his timbre and physique make obvious why), but he has one of the more subtly moving gestures in this film, which is no small feat, considering there’s a serenade played on a singing saw and accompanied by fellow prisoners through a jailhouse window to a lover, and a wedding scene that bounces back and forth between finality and dew-eyed romance. 

    When Duke is brought to the jailhouse with his uncle, Pallette throws the…

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