Monday, April 4, 2016

There’s Always Tomorrow

Douglas Sirk, Hollywood, CA 1956

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray were reunited on screen again in this great film by Sirk, maybe his best.  They first appeared together in Remember the Night, by Mitchell Leisen and Preston Sturges, and most famously starred in Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder’s first great work.  I’d say they had good luck together.  This one was shot by Russell Metty, who was DP on most of Sirk’s best work.  Here, of course, he does it in black & white.  Rex the walking talking Robot is Fred’s alter ego in the film.  It’s pretty grim.  I first watched this film on Home Maker’s Movie on WTIC Hartford some time around 1964, but I saw it again, properly screened at the University of Connecticut’s Sirk Retrospective ten years later, when I was sixteen.

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