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First Class, Lupino Even Better
First class presentation throughout story line, direction, photography, lighting, in B & W, and acting. As usual, Lupino one of the most compelling actresses ever. Yes, she had many sympathetic roles but she delivered time and time again. To me, Bogie went big time with her in High Sierra. On the heavy side so best viewed in the right mood.
This is the second time I've seen this film. I really like Ida Lupino. But, to me this movie is depressing. I guess maybe that's the whole idea. If so, it works.
Similarity to "Rapture" (1965)
- Michael Helwick
I really enjoyed "Deep Valley"-- in part because it reminded me so much of one of my very favorite films. Thematically, "Deep Valley" is very similar to a 1965 film by John Guillermin called "Rapture," starring Patricia Gozzi and Dean Stockwell. Like Lupino's character (Libby) in "Deep Valley," Gozzi's character (Agnes) in "Rapture" lives near the sea in a dysfunctional home with a tyrannical father. Agnes suffers from a mental impairment, just as Libby suffers from stuttering as a result of having witnessed, as a child, her father strike her mother. Just as Libby is attracted to Barry (Dane Clark's character), who has escaped from a chain gang, Agnes is attracted to Joseph (Dean Stockwell's character), a man escaping from the law. (In a further similarity, the first name of the actor who plays Barry in "Deep Valley" (Dane) is an anagram for the first name of the actor who plays Joseph in "Rapture" (Dean).) So, if you enjoyed "Deep Valley," I invite you to see "Rapture," which is available, among other places, at http://www.screenarchives.com.
- Celia Trimboli
One of my favorite films. One's heart goes out to the lonely farm girl being used and torn apart by selfish, embittered parents who are at war with each other. I am happy it is out on DVD.
Forgotten Rural Noir
- Moira Finnie
Director Jean Negulesco, an artist prior to landing in Hollywood, was a master of b & w cinematography, a fact that would be obvious with "Johnny Belinda" (1948), his last film at WB, though this neglected beauty proved it his facility with settings and actors well before that Academy Award winner. Unappreciated in large part by Jack Warner, who seems to have lost his touch with his direction of the production of movies after the war and the loss of Jerry Wald & Hal Wallis, (Negulesco had turned in the beautiful looking & commercially successful "Humoresque"(1946) prior to this assignment).In this film the director guided the prodigiously talented, recalcitrant Ida Lupino through her last, beautiful acting stint at Warners. .He also found a sensitivity and presence in second tier actors Wayne Morris and Dane Clark that few other director's ever tapped. Most significantly though, are the well-realized performances of Fay Bainter and Henry Hull, as Lupino's isolated parents, trapped in their mutual enmity and loneliness, and taking it out on their lone child. Set in a farm where the eccentric Lupino has grown like a weed into her early twenties, the story follows the impact of the outside world's appeal and danger on the fragile young woman. It also shows the gradual, imperfect realization on the part of her battling parents, a perfectly matched Hull and Bainter, of the effect of their long personal war on their only child. Recommended for the performances, but also for the lovely evocation of the lonely beauty of its rural settings, the tentative romantic triangle developed among the characters, and the inevitability of their fate.It's a shame that this isn't available on dvd.