Humoresque (Sous-titres franais)
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Humoresque (1946) (DVD)
The greatness of John Garfield was that he was a tough guy who wasn't afraid to wear his sensitivity on his sleeve. What makes this such a great film is that director Jean Negulesco and his two writers (including Clifford Oddets) construct a complex web of ambiguity around Garfield's own torment. He's a violin virtuoso from the slums of New York who rises to the top with the assistance of socialite Joan Crawford (who was never better). There's a sexual intensity to his art that she wants to possess, and there's a vulnerability behind her lacerating façade that he wants to expose. They play each other like a couple of virtuosos, stripping each other's spirit away. What helps transcend this depression-era class struggle is its cool sophistication. It's a sublime noir about loneliness. Everyone knows his dream has hit a dead end, except Garfield. He refuses to give up, even after his soul is long gone. --Bill Desowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Do watch the special features (which I saw on the TCM edition) for this one about how the bowing/fingering of the violin scenes were actually done, just amazing. So seamless to watch on screen too, one would never guess how much was actually going on, off camera.
If you love movies from the 40/50s and love stories that are not predictable, check this one out.
The acting of both Garfield and Crawford is superb. The role of Helen Wright seems to be the perfect vehicle for Crawford. Oscar Levant excells as a pianist and Garfield's friend. The rest of the strong supporting cast includes J. Carrol Naish, Joan Chandler and Tom D'Andrea. Garfield's violin is played by Isaac Stern.
HUMORESQUE received an Oscar nomination in 1946 for Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture. Jean Negulosco directed many other fine movies during his career including JOHNNY BELINDA, ROAD HOUSE and THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN.
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Terrific movie and Joan's worthy follow up to "Mildred Pierce." Everything's terrific about this one, so curl up on the sofa and settle in for a first class melodrama.Published on July 21 2003 by Nelson Aspen
To be fair, this is a perfectly awful movie. The main thing wrong with it is Clifford Odet's ridiculously pretentious, stilted, heavy-handed, and ultimately nonsensical script. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2002