Otto Focus

Preminger gets his day at Film Forum

Dorothy Dandridge rightly flirts with Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones.
photo: Film Forum/Photofest
Dorothy Dandridge rightly flirts with Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones.

Missing from this unimpeachably curated retrospective are merely the bookends of Preminger's career: Of his apprenticeship works, Under Your Spell (1936) is the lone representative, and the absence of works from his flagging final 15 years of filmmaking is distinctly noticeable (the cutoff is 1965's magnificently ambivalent Bunny Lake Is Missing). However, although there's no excuse for the toxic all-star pileup of Skidoo—a dangerous film to describe, because it almost inevitably sounds more entertaining than it actually is—dysfunctional works like Such Good Friends and The Human Factor deserve a venue for reconsideration. But first things first.

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