May 1947: Possessed

Oh My Emacs! Another Joan Crawford movie? Is this like the 30th in this blog series? Who bought these movies anyway?

This is super noir. They even found rainy days to shoot in Los Angeles.

As usual, you can’t fault Crawford’s er expressive performance. The other actors also plays it large, and it’s pretty great. It’s got the classic noir structure of everything being told in a flashback, and the story being told is on fleek. I really didn’t see a lot of the plot twists coming. And the way the movie deals with mental health problems is refreshing. I mean, they play it BIG, but it’s fresh.

This is a riveting movie.

The bluray transfer is beautiful. Some restorers go for maximum details so they keep the dark portions grey, but here everything drops off to #000. And so much grain.

Possessed. Curtis Bernhardt. 1947.

Popular movies in May 1947 according to IMDB:

163248.0Black Narcissus
3417.2Le silence est d’or
5467.1The Web
2847.0Repeat Performance
4636.9Dear Murderer
10386.7The Long Night
6446.5Dishonored Lady
2726.4High Barbaree
6926.4Dick Tracy’s Dilemma

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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