Hands Up!


THE FORGOTTEN hits the stands once more over at The Auteurs’ Notebook, where Tourneur pere et fils come under analysis, and we ponder the question of why it is so few filmmakers have their legs amputated. A strange resonance is generated, since we were just discussing REAR WINDOW and Cornell Woolrich, a literary peg-leg.

4 Responses to “Hands Up!”

  1. david wingrove Says:

    I’ve had a copy of this for ages, but never watched it – must do so now!

    My one memory of BERLIN EXPRESS is Merle Oberson wandering through the rubble of a bombed-out city, looking as if she’d just stepped out of a fitting at Dior – which, knowing and loving Merle as I do, she probably had!

  2. It’s Merle’s all-time worst performance, and the worst performance in any Tourneur movie — and the worst French accent outside of Olivier in 49th Parallel.

  3. david wingrove Says:

    “Merle’s worst performance”? Wow! Competition in that field is intense!

  4. david wingrove Says:

    There is a brilliant article on Merle Oberon in the latest SENSES OF CINEMA (which went online today) written by somebody who actually knew her – although not in a Biblical sense, I hasten to add. Lots of people did, of course, but the author of this piece is not among them.

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