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1943

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LE CORBEAU (dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Not Rated) - Bart says, "Decades before Claude Chabrol was being referred to as the French Alfred Hitchcock, Clouzot claimed the title with his masterpieces of nail-biting suspense WAGES OF FEAR and DIABOLIQUE. But most people aren't familiar with this earlier thriller about an anonymous letter writer destroying lives by spreading rumors of adultery and illegal medical practices - a vicious indictment of small town  small-mindedness and moral corruption that almost destroyed Clouzot's career. Made during the Occupation, it can easily be read as a criticism of the widespread collaboration of the French people. So while the film was popular during the Occupation (apparently the allegory went over Vichy heads), immediately following the war, both it and Clouzot were banned for being anti-French. Luckily, the film and the director were eventually determined to be of too high quality to suppress, and became feathers in the nation's cap."
OLD ACQUAINTANCE (dir: Vincent Sherman, Not Rated) – Bart says, "If you're looking for one of those great Bette Davis performances where she gets to play a flamboyantly selfish, amoral bitch, don't look here. The highly under-rated Miriam Hopkins gets to play that role in this film, and she pretty much steals the show as Davis's old friend who writes trashy romantic novels. Davis plays the much classier 'literary' novelist who has given up any dreams of a husband and family for her art, permitting the filmmakers to attach as many lesbian signifiers to her as a Hollywood film of the time could get away with. It's fun to pick them out."
DAY OF WRATH (dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Not Rated)
HEAVEN CAN WAIT (dir: Ernst Lubitsch, Not Rated)
I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (dir: Jacques Tourneur, Not Rated)
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (dir: Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger, Not Rated)
THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (dir: William A. Wellman, Not Rated)
SAHARA (dir: Zoltan Korda, Not Rated)
THE SEVENTH VICTIM (dir: Mark Robson, Not Rated)
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (dir: Alfred Hitchcock, Not Rated)
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