A Woman's Face

A Woman's Face

DVD - 2008
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Anna Holm, a professional blackmailer, despises herself and the world because of a disfiguring facial scar.

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Nursebob
Sep 04, 2019

A remake of an earlier Swedish film starring an unknown Ingrid Bergman, George Cukor’s wonderful Hollywood melodrama provided the perfect vehicle for American stars Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas. Told mainly in flashback as a host of witnesses give testimony at Anna’s trial (among them character actors Marjorie Main playing a dour housekeeper and Donald Meek as a mousy waiter) Cukor’s bigger than life tale of redemption through plastic surgery plays on multiple levels both secular (looks really do make the woman) and sacred as the Fallen Angel trope is told in reverse. With faux wintry MGM backlots standing in for Sweden and some impressive effects—a mirrored hallway takes on a psychological edge while a tense sleigh ride calls to mind the chariots of "Ben Hur"—this is grand old filmmaking at its finest. Douglas is as dapper as ever, and Crawford’s softened features practically glow even as her character spits venom at any show of kindness offered her. An overlooked classic.

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loewehans
Apr 21, 2018

A magnificent melodrama with Joan Crawford, Conrad Veidt, Melvyn Douglas and George Cukor at the top of their game, with a brilliant dialogue that assumes that you know the difference between quotes from the bible and Shakespeare, have some knowledge of Greek myths, know when the tongue is firmly placed in cheek, and appreciate innuenedo. Hollywood and its best. A pure delight!

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ManMachine
Nov 13, 2013

Released in 1941 - In the fine tradition of a classic, Hollywood, glamor film, this Joan Crawford vehicle from MGM delivers a fairly entertaining bit of melodrama that builds quite nicely up to its high-speed climax (on horse-driven sleighs, no less)._____ Joan Crawford plays the facially-disfigured Anna Holm, a conniving member of a ruthless blackmailing ring who are successfully operating within the fair city of Stockholm, Sweden._____ With its story told mainly through flashbacks, Anna is accused of cold-blooded murder. Key witnesses to Anna's activities are individually called into the courtroom in order to give testimony that points decidedly against her innocence to this crime._____ Filmed in glossy b&w, A Woman's Face was competently directed by George Cukor whose other notable films from the 1940s & 50s include Gaslight, Adam's Rib, The Philadelphia Story, and A Star Is Born.

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