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January 11, 2012

Strange Interlude

Covers the lifetime of Nina, a woman mad with grief after the death of her fiancé in World War I. She marries listless Sam Evans, unaware that his bloodline holds a terrible secret. After her mother-in-law reveals it, Nina consents to protect Sam, who knows nothing, by bearing another man's child as his. Her choice is his doctor and best friend, who falls in love with her.

Yes it is as dramatic as it sounds. Only it gets better. The film is based on a Eugene O'Neill play where the character's thoughts are spoken as a voice over. We can hear them but the other characters cannot. It is quite provocative. The subject matter of insanity and adultery are compounded by the inner dialog we hear. The actors perform their roles with unmatched professionalism. While they know the dialog has to be played while acting for the camera the pacing of the film stays strong but the drama may get a little too thick. ~Mike

Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Alexander Kirkland, Ralph Morgan, Robert Young, May Robson, Maureen O'Sullivan.

Askwith Media Library 56788-D 110 minutes 1932

Posted by mcmike at January 11, 2012 04:46 PM

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