The Reckless Moment

Dir. Max Ophuls (1949). Using a plot that has several times been recycled, this Ophulsian genre film is as stylish and romantic as one might expect but also powered by two crackerjack performances. No-nonsense Joan Bennett plays a briskly desperate mom; James Mason is the would-be blackmailer who goes all gooey for her.
Mon., Sept. 7, 6, 7:40 & 9:20 p.m., 2009

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