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The Razor's Edge


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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb
  • Directors: Edmund Goulding
  • Writers: Darryl F. Zanuck, Lamar Trotti, W. Somerset Maugham
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • VHS Release Date: Feb. 17 2003
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303333079
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,608 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark N. on May 13 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I've just been rewatching this with my daughter. It's an example of a film that does justice to its book. No, it exceeds that. The film's structure is leaner than Maugham's book. You know, less 'novelistic' and more 'cinematic'. In this case, the heightened drama helps contrast the high-societal nature of Paris/Chicago with proletarian life (anywhere) and spiritual life (Indian Himalayas and inside).
It was sheer chance, at age 16, that I turned on a very early a.m. broadcast channel in Los Angeles and saw this for the first time. Actually, it had begun already, and I saw very soon the 'sunrise scene' which serves as an objective correlative for Larry Darrell's (Tyrone Power's) enlightenment. I started 'seeking' from that point.
Maybe this is what 'critical theorists' mean when they urge us to ferret out contradictions: the irony that Hollywood 'sells' the repudiation of material acquisition.
I bought the message.
Wonderful performances by Ty Power (catch him reading Keats!), Gene Tierney, classic Clifton Webb, great voice-overs by one of the greatest film voices, Herbert Marshall (as Maughm), and young Anne Baxter as the lost Sophie. Post WWII 'dark' recuperation at its best.
They should convert this to DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Henry on Feb. 25 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Words fall short in the praise of this remarkably uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable film that dares to show an individual in pursuit of the Sublime -- that elusive commodity explored by the classical Roman Longinus in his treatise, "On the Sublime," a seminal work of inspiration to the Renaissance over a thousand years afterwards. This landmark movie might have anticipated the Sixties idealists who tried, however tragically and unsuccessfully, to turn away from monetary and social success to find their souls -- only this movie's hero, admirably portrayed by Tyrone Power, does not fail.
The film goes where venal Hollywood rarely ventures: the spiritual longing in all our hearts that demands that we take ourselves away from the distractions and illusions of success that Society dangles before us. This movie is a defining work on the pursuit of inner peace and perfection in the real world, the heroic, quixotic pursuit of the "Life Worth Living." It explores with dazzling creativity -- plot, script, casting and direction -- the timeless "what if" proposition. What if a man with everything going for him -- good looks, a "goddess" for a fiancée, money, social graces and social position -- realized that Holy Scripture was right when it said, "Vanity, vanity, all is vanity"? What would happen in the 20th century if, like Eliseus when the prophet Elias threw his holy cloak over him, our protagonist turned away from the pursuits of the world to pursue Truth alone -- without compromise in any way?
If you have ever wanted a little encouragement in thinking on the level of the sublime, ever yearned to live your one-and-only life in accordance with God's holy plan, then this film is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Gordon on Oct. 4 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I heartily recommend this film for fans of the "classic hollywood" genre. Yes, you can find minutia to criticize as with everthing, but really, for a film to capture the "times" of the 1920's and 1930's, this film does a fine job. If anything lacks, it's the budget. I really wish the production had more money and the director could have actually filmed in Paris and in India. You can tell that all of the scenes were essentially shot in Hollywood on staged sets. But I loved the acting from all of the characters. I think Anne Baxter deservedly earned her academy award. She does not overact at all! She does a beautiful job of acting. And Tyrone Powers, while understated, does a fine job. And Tierney is beautiful and emotes every bit of the cunning and ulterior motives throughout this film. I also thought the actor who plays Maughm does a masterfully subtle acting job that makes you think he really is the actual author!!
What's so masterful about this film is that it focuses solely on the characters portrayed and you want to find out what happens to Larry. I wish the film could have gone into greater detail about Larry's experience in India. It's a bit too superficial but then, for hollywood, what do you expect??
I also care about Larry and I really wanted to see Ann Baxter's character saved. And the important moral lesson is that you can't save everyone in this universe! And not everyone is bound for "success." It's not in the cards. And that's a very powerful message that seems to be forgotten today. We glorify tragedy but films don't explore what Larry explored. What does it all mean???? American Beauty was a more modern attempt at it, and I liked that film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 30 2011
Format: VHS Tape
20th Century Fox presents "THE RAZOR'S EDGE" (1946 145 min/B&W) -- Starring: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb & Herbert Marshall

Directed by Edmund Goulding

After several years' service with the Marines in World War II, Tyrone Power made his much anticipated return to the screen in The Razor's Edge. Power is appropriately cast as disillusioned World War I vet Larry Darrell, who returns from hostilities questioning his old values. To find himself, Larry joins several other members of the Lost Generation in Paris. He is disillusioned once more when the society woman whom he loves, Isabel Bradley (Gene Tierney), marries another for wealth and position. She returns to Larry's life to break up his romance with unstable, alcoholic Sophie MacDonald (Anne Baxter in a powerhouse Oscar-winning performance). After Sophie's death, Larry determines that the life offered him by Isabel is not to his liking, and continues seeking his true place in the scheme of things.

The Razor's Edge was based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, who appears on screen in the form of Herbert Marshall. The film re-teamed Tierney and Webb two years after their appearance together in Laura (1944)

The Razor's Edge garnered an Oscar win for Anne Baxter and nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Clifton Webb) and B&W Art Direction.

BIOS:
1. Edmund Goulding Director)
Date of Birth: 20 March 1891 - Feltham, Middlesex, England, UK
Date of Death: 24 December 1959 - Los Angeles, California

2. Tyrone Power
Date of Birth: 5 May 1914 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 15 November 1958 - Madrid, Spain

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