Dreadful Depression time and small business for great consequences
"The postman always rings twice" (1946) directed by Tay Garnett was at
the time the third of four later adaptations from the known and famous
novel written by James Cain, explaining just after the economic crisis
of 1929 in why democratic values and corrupted minds or institutions
were affected by the lack of capability for change. Whilst if other
factors were more increased at the time and not as obstacles then in
route even when were in social evolution, but simultaneous too much
slowly for a new deal of the basic and instinctively people. A small
restaurant near an exterior mountain road at countryside, nowhere in
California during the Depression era, it is the involuntary stage of a
passionate turmoil. Isolated from the normality of surviving life, in
these times of unemployment and migration among states, with social
hungry and obliging people taking unthinkable actions. The novel is
much more rich than the story itself, because of several details
omitted in this third screening version barely made fourteen years
after its first printing in 1932.
Two moments are interesting over all in this movie for the viewer, as
while the employee gives a match for lit her cigarette and another when
the woman sings with a guitar as if anyway he already belongs to the
same family but in an undercover love affair. The husband is like a
happy drunken man out of his capacity for this kind of marriage, as if
she was bought like a young woman for the kitchen, as well for this new
employee in such a promiscuity for surviving inside an abandoned
restaurant from the road. Their common conscience is low and their
lives are like that, there for the strange cohabitation and it was not
implied that the scene must be other than it seems to be, without any
bravery expelling it to the boring side of any young life, as here by
necessity of things and attraction between ages - him and her out of
control from the owner -, by blood, money and illicit love opportunity.
Jumping outside of misery without modern instinct from the husband,
barely somnolent and even not autocratic enough to understand that his
pity is his condemnation by the new couple of potential and frustrated
criminals. In a kind of fatalism that took the fascination of this
story of young people, aside the bitter end of the less fortuned at the
time of sensuality, fighting poverty in Twin Oaks random of destiny.
Even when in this case circumstances and ethnicity or vulgarity of
human backgrounds acted as apparently non sense and where in a magic
triangle of characters destiny as a supposed retroactive determinism
explains why institutions were so in debt for Manicheism. Frank
Chambers was the individual in question and as man without specific
qualities he needs an occasional wage and Cora is the young wife of the
owner, in a Greek tragedy with two turnabouts and a bitter end..
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The Postman always rings twice' can qualify as a very under-rated movie. Despite its flaws, it's one of those movies which have touched my heart. The complex relationship between the two leading characters is one of the most intriguing relationships that I have observed. The movie is about a bond which is formed between Jack Nicholson & Jessica Lange. Jack is a vagrant who visits a highway hotel owned by Jessica Lange's husband, an old commoner. He ends-up seducing Jessica Lange who falls for his charm & his attractive demeanour. They carry their relationship, the same way till a point, where they decide to kill Jessica's husband. After his murder they, they undergo an investigation & later realize that their relationship is not as rosy as it used to be due to their oversight of each other's shortcomings. But they still manage to hold on to each other due to a bond between them & because of their affection. It ends in a tragedy with the death of Jessica Lange, which is sort of an anticlimax, but it is presented in an original way. The movie gave me the same feeling which I got from reading the novel 'Love Story' by Eric Segal. The best aspect of the movie is the performance of Jack Nicholson & Jessica Lange which are astounding. Their love making scenes are the most passionate love making scenes I've ever seen in movies & their chemistry is simply awesome. Jessica looks like a million bucks in this movie. It is one of those rare movies which is definitely worth watching for someone who is a fan of character driven movies with complex relationships. .
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This Postman Had To Ring 3 Times
It took me three viewings before this postman finally delivered for me.
Giving that many opportunities for a film is not normal but my film
noir friends all liked this so much, I thought I'd missed something on
previous viewings, so I kept trying.
My patience was rewarded on the first viewing of it on DVD. Maybe the
clearer picture helped. At any rate, if someone else viewed this and
found it boring - particularly the first half - I would understand.
Finally, however, I, too,I found it interesting all the way through.
Hume Cronyn, not the stars of the film John Garfield and Lana Turner,
sparked my interest. He gave a fascinating portrayal of a lawyer and I
wish his role had been bigger. Cecil Kellaway also is good as Tuner's
husband, and I enjoyed Leon Ames as the district attorney.
The film almost makes the two low-life leads into sympathetic
characters, which is just plain wrong and probably also why twisted
critics all like this. They prefer to side with the criminals rather
than the victims. Both Garfield and Turner's characters are morally
bankrupt. Garfield even jokes early on in the film about how fooling
around with another man's wife "is nothing."
The ending was a bit strange. Once again, the first two viewings I
didn't like it, but on the third I thought was happened was