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The Reckless Moment (1948)

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A brilliant satire on the middle classes directed by the peerless Max Ophuls from the story The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal. Wonderfully cool photography of a coastal California town by Burnett Guffey distances us from this busy household where a self-absorbed teenage art student has the murder of her sleazy lover covered up by the mother (Joan Bennett) whose husband is busy saving the world in Berlin. Then James Mason comes to call to sort out a debt … Fabulous.

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