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About Therese

Feminist, film scholar, animal lover, licensed and bonded cat-sitter.



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Notes on E.A. Dupont’s Piccadilly (1929), with Anna May Wong, Powell and Pressburger’s The Small Back Room (1949), and Fritz Lang’s The Big Heat (1953), plus contemporary Italian cinema and the hegemony of neorealism vs. efforts to make films that … Continue reading

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Lola Montes (1955)

(c) Therese Grisham, 2010. All rights reserved. I remember reading that Max Ophuls said of Martine Carol, the actress who plays Lola Montes (she was known in France for acting in boudoir romances, and notorious for being a bad actress), … Continue reading

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The Reckless Moment

I recently watched The Reckless Moment (Max Ophuls, 1949) for the first time, and need to watch it again. For now, I’m writing down my initial impressions. My first thought is that the film is very uncomfortable to watch and … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Liebelei and Letter from an Unknown Woman

In Liebelei (1933), one of the motifs that undercuts the idea that this is simply a tearjerker is that of the key. Until Fritz (Wolfgang Liebeneiner) finally leaves the Baroness von Eggersdorf (Olga Tschechowa), the Baroness holds the key to … Continue reading

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Caught and Blue Steel

Caught (1948) remains one of my favorite films. The first time I watched it, I burst out crying when Larry Quinada (James Mason) chastises Leonora Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes) for drawing a mole on her face, wearing a mink coat, … Continue reading

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