Monday, July 21, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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The Reckless Moment (1949)
Directed by Max Ophüls

A melodramatic noir of emotional instability, and a tightly edited masterpiece. Joan Bennett is superb as Lucia Harper, a mother in the quaint and unsuspecting town of Balboa, just outside Los Angeles, who will do anything to protect her nettlesome teenage daughter (Geraldine Brooks). Through stunning fluid shots, we find that the trouble that arises when you’re in love is unavoidable. Flawlessly, the Harper family matron cartwheels through blackmail and deceit—brought upon by Martin Donnelly (the always majestic James Mason) and his partner. As Donnelly says in the film, "we're all involved with each other in one way or another,” but escaping that grasp proves treacherous. Samantha Vacca (July 26, 6:45pm; July 29, 6:15pm at MoMA's “Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932—1957” )

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