Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Postman Always Rings Twice

There have been many famous femme fatales in movies. Some of the more notable ones include Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity, Rita Hayworth in Gilda and Ava Gardner in The Killers. They were proven to be poisonous to Fred MacMurray, Glenn Ford and Burt Lancaster in their respective movies.

Another on is Lana Turner's Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice. She wears nothing but white throughout (she wears black in one scene where she contemplates suicide), however she doesn't become a true femme fatale until the lovesick Frank Chambers (John Garfield) suggests to get rid of her husband Nick (Cecil Kellaway).

It's hard to distinguish who is the root of all evil, Cora or Frank. On the one hand, it's Frank who suggests murder. But once Nick is done away with, Cora becomes more defensive about her behavior, almost to the brink of getting of anyone who gets too close or knows too much.

The Postman Always Rings Twice is very good, but there are some moments that could have been improved or kept out all together. Doesn't mean I didn't like it though.

My Rating: ****1/2

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