Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Razor's Edge (1946)

Academy Awards, USA 1947

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Anne Baxter
Best Picture
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Clifton Webb
Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White
Richard Day
Nathan Juran
Thomas Little
Paul S. Fox

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Edmund Goulding
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Fox)

Soldier Tyrone Power, traumatized by the death of a comrade, is left questioning his existence and decides to travel the world. He declines an offer of employment by a wealthy friend, stunning his socialite fiance Gene Tierney. Instead, he goes to Paris to experience the bohemian lifestyle. He takes a menial job in a coal mine where he hears about a mystic in India. He takes a pilgrimage to the mountain top retreat where he becomes enlightened. He returns to the real world where he falls in love with alcoholic Anne Baxter. They eventually marry, but rival Tierney tricks her back into addiction and she leaves him. Power eventually finds her in an opium den but cannot persuade her to return. He blames Tierney but because of his enlightenment forgives her, traveling once again to comfort another dying friend on his deathbed. Essentially a melodrama that strives to be something more, but ruined by stereotypes of eastern mysticism. His ascension of the mountain and glimpse of God in the clouds is laughable. Power's stone-faced performance doesn't help much either.

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