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The latest edition feature a lengthy piece by myself on the subject of POSSESSED, a demented 1940s “womens’ picture” starring Joan Crawford. I urge you to grab the Ghost’s coat-tails as it soars overhead like the parachuting revellers from DeMille’s MADAME SATAN and hitch a ride on its glorious phantom rumble-seat.
Here is an brief extraction to whet appetites:
Possessed (dir. Curtis Bernhardt, starring
Joan Crawford) takes a long sultry look at
the hot topic of what the movie medicos
call ‘skizzo-phrenia’, an affliction
prevalent among frustrated career women.
There’s a perhaps unintended
encapsulation of the experience of the
mentally unorthodox right at the start as
Joan C wanders, with a broken walk, the
streets of L.A., which are dotted with such
things as a BRACK SHOP and another
establishment decorated with a sign which
reads METAL TAPES REPAIRED. We
nodded at this skilled evocation of the
world glimpsed through the eyes of the
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