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Crack-Up (1946)

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RKO made some really terrific and somewhat underrated films noirs. This is one of them. It’s a very tricksy story of an art historian who’s been involved in post-war reparations of great works  and wakes up following a trainwreck in the aftermath of a very controversial lecture at the museum where he’s employed. This is definitely an interesting coda to the story told in Monuments Men (which is better than I originally gave it credit…  )  A cunning structure, a bit of a reversal and a lot of confusion over what people really are – and the term Hitchcockian could probably be applied to the elegance. Pat O’Brien, Herbert Marshall and Claire Trevor headline but there are intriguing turns too from Mary Ware and Erskine Sanford. Great writing here, but you would expect that from a team led by John Paxton.

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