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Time-Capsule Camp
written by talltale September 27, 2005 - 7:37 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Camp of an unusual order is provided by WHIRLPOOL, the Otto Preminger-directed (screenplay co-written by Ben Hecht!) not-quite-noir, semi-thriller that makes the most of the fashionable ideas (circa 1949) about hypnotism and psychotherapy. Gene Tierney always looked great but rarely delivered when any heavy-duty acting skills were called upon (they are here, and she doesn't). The trouble with Tierney playing a victim of hypnosis is that, no matter what the role, she always appeared a bit spacey. Jose Ferrer provides fun and class as the heavy, and the cinematography is aces. But if you're not doubled up and howling with glee during the self-hypnotizing scene (and elsewhere), I shall be very surprised. Rate this one a four, but bump it up a notch if time-capsule camp is your scene.


(Average 4.80)
5 Votes
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