Of a Doubt, USA, 1943, 108 min. Starring
Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton, Macdonald Carey.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. One of the Master's
personal favorites of his own work has an adolescent
girl happy to have her favorite uncle come for
a visit…until she begins to suspect that
he may not be the man she thought him to be. Hitchcock
whips up a terrific blend of small town life and
Children Of Paradise,
France, 1945, 195 min. Starring Jean-Louis Barrault,
Arletty. Directed by Marcel Carné. It would
be enough that the film, about drama amidst a
group of theater performers, works its poetic
magic as well as it does. But when you take into
consideration the fact that it was made under
the noses of the German invaders, well, the achievement
becomes nothing less than utterly stunning.
Rome Open City,
Italy, 1945, 105 min. Starring Aldo Fabrizi, Anna
Magnani. Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Achingly
tragic look at the life of resistors in the title
city during the occupation. Rossellini's politics
are all over the screen as he blends neo-realism
with symbolism to tell a story of catastrophic
misfortune that nonetheless does leave room for
UK, 1945, 85 min. Starring Trevor Howard, Celia
Johnson. Directed by David Lean. Howard and Johnson
play two people who strike up an extramarital
affair only to find themselves drawn into love
far more quickly and deeply than either expected.
Noel Coward adapted his own play for this classic
and classy romance.
The Lost Weekend,
USA, 1945, 101 min. Starring Ray Milland, Jane
Wyman. Directed by Billy Wilder. Wilder and Charles
Brackett's script broke new ground in its unflinching
portrayal of chronic alcoholism, buoyed by Milland's
courageous performance. This was the first film
to use the Theremin on its soundtrack, an instrument
usually associated with science fiction films.