Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Razor's Edge (1946)

Director Edmund Goulding’s The Razor’s Edge is a well-made, but ultimately forgettable film on the résumés of celebrities known for other projects.  Guilding isn't well-known, but he also directed the Bette Davis film Dark Victory and the best picture winner Grand Hotel.

It’s based on the novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham (better known for Of Human Bondage) and follows the unrequited relationship of Isabel (Gene Tierney, better known for Laura and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) and Larry (Tyrone Power, better know for Witness for the Prosecution and The Mask of Zorro).  Larry’s search for greater meaning in life makes him appear to be a poor layabout to those in Isabel’s socialite world.  Isabel can’t get him out of her head even when she marries someone else and doesn't see Larry for a decade.

What did catch my attention was the performance of a mutual friend who loses her husband and child in an accident.  It was Anne Baxter in her Oscar winning performance, though she is better known as Eve in All About Eve.

49 to go…