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Whirlpool (Fox Film Noir) (Bilingual)

Gene Tierney , Richard Conte , Otto Preminger    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The wife of a psycho-analyst falls prey to a devious quack hypnotist when he discovers she is an habitual shoplifter. Then one of his previous patients now being treated by the real doctor is found murdered, with her still at the scene, and suspicion points only one way.


Laura will always be director Otto Preminger's most beloved movie, but he gets closer to the essence of film noir in this fascinatingly slippery item about a psychiatrist's wife whose weakness for kleptomania makes her prey to an oily hypnotist, con artist, and manipulator par excellence. The fashion-plate wife (dresses, robes, and peignoirs by Oleg Cassini) is played by Laura herself, Gene Tierney. The mellifluous conniver is Jose Ferrer, coming off like the illegitimate son of Waldo Lydecker ("I'm so glad you're here--you make Tina's party seem an almost human event"). Among other things, Ferrer would probably like to get Tierney into bed, and a good many people--including Richard Conte as the caring husband--come to believe he has. But that's not the extent of his ambitions, and before long Tierney has been framed for a murder of convenience to clear up another bit of messiness in the cad's career. Whirlpool's mise-en-scène has a sinuous fluidity and subtle play of light and shadow (it was among the last films shot by that master of black-and-white, Arthur C. Miller), and the complexly structured screenplay--by Ben Hecht and Andrew Solt--takes us by surprise in reel after reel. There's nothing redeeming about Ferrer's character (except how much pleasure his villainy affords), but Preminger doesn't really side with any of the characters or permit our facile identification with anyone. Different parts of the movie are dominated by each of the key figures, including police detective Charles Bickford, and we keep learning there's more to each of them than we initially assumed. Whirlpool's a good title for it. Dive in. --Richard T. Jameson

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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents "WHIRLPOOL" (1949) (98 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Whirlpool is a sleek thriller about the well-to-do. Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), the fashionable, neurotic wife of a prominent psychoanalyst, is kleptomaniac --- When she is arrested at an upscale department store for stealing a broach, she is save by Korvo (José Ferrer), an astrologer and hypnotist who specializes in separating gullible rich women from their money.

An interesting film that is well worth watching --- Jose Ferrer as Korvo is a standout but Gene Tierney seems to have lost her fire and ends up sleepwalking through the film, even when she is not hypnotized.

The shot in which Gene Tierney stands before the portrait is an obvious homage to Laura and a rare moment of self-quotation in Preminger's oeuvre. David Raksin's theme song, good but not great evokes the heroine's descent into a vortex.

Under the production staff of:
Otto Preminger [Director/Producer]
Ben Hecht [Screenplay]
Andrew Solt [Screenplay]
Guy Endore [Novel]
David Raksin [Original Music]
Arthur C. Miller [Cinematographer]
Louis R. Loeffler [Film Editor]

1. Otto Ludwig Preminger [Director]
Date of Birth: 5 December 1905 - Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (now Wyschnyzja, Ukraine))
Date of Death: 23 April 1986 - New York City, New York

2. Gene Tierney
Date of Birth: 19 November 1920 - Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: 6 November 1991 - Houston, Texas

3. Richard Conte
Date of Birth: 24 March 1910 - Jersey City, New Jersey
Date of Death: 15 April 1975 - Los Angeles, California

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5.0 out of 5 stars AN OTTO PREMINGER TRIUMPH Jan. 20 2014
By Jayclue
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'Whirlpool' is a great movie of intense anaylsis and hypnosis. Jose Ferrer is a multi dimensional character that you will love to hate. A solid performance by this fine actor. Gene Tierney is hypnotized by Ferrer and plays her role well. Both characters are troubled and seem to need one another to survive. Strange kind of 'romance and relationship' to say the least. Jose Ferrer is slick and slimy but intriguing to watch as his plan unfolds. Watch this movie and you will be drawn into the whirlpool of deception.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir Nov. 25 2013
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Tierney was a fine actress. She shows this in 'Whirlpool', a film noir. This is a gripping tale, filled with fine settings and shadows. If you want to try film noir, this is a good start, but there are better examples of this genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GLAMOUROUS BUT OLD FASHIONED Oct. 10 2013
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 28 2014
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Prepsoterous but, as the heavy, Ferrer is right on.
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