The Razor’s Edge (1946)

EDMUND GOULDING

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1946.  .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1946.  Golden Globe Awards 1946.  

Excellent drama adapted from W. Somerset Maugham’s novel.   plays a wealthy socialite who abandons beautiful fiancee Gene Tierney to seek enlightenment in the far east. Having achieved his goal, he travels to Paris where he is reunited with Tierney, but his interests in her are no longer passionate.  Instead, he turns his attentions towards bitter alcoholic and drug addict Anne Baxter, who has turned to substance abuse to relieve herself of the grief that afflicted her when she lost her husband and child in an accident. Rich drama that sometimes feels like it’s running a bit long, but is still a good deal stronger than much of the similar material being produced at the time. Power is in top form (a role that revived a flagging career), and the photography is beautiful.

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