Unfaithfully Yours

Unfaithfully Yours

DVD - 2005
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A world-famous symphony conductor, consumed with the suspicion that his wife is having an affair, entertains elaborate visions of vengeance, set to three separate orchestral works.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, 2005, c1948
Edition: Standard format
ISBN: 9781559409629
Branch Call Number: DVD F Unf


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Jul 31, 2015

Like any good classical composer writer/director Preston Sturges begins this wickedly funny little opus on a minor key with Harrison’s growing paranoia contrasting sharply with Darnell’s wide-eyed bemusement while a supporting cast’s best intentions propel the story ever onward. Sturges then hits a sombre chord introduced by an amazing close-up in which the camera goes right past Harrison’s eyelashes and directly into his mind where his troubled psychodramas play out in moody B&W while the band plays on. The best is saved for last however with bleak melodrama giving way to slapstick burlesque as the conductor makes an ever greater fool of himself and the loving wife begins to suspect he may have snapped more than his baton. A grand romantic farce intelligently written and presented with gusto!

Jan 20, 2015

This is a 1948 American screwball comedy written and directed by Preston Sturges.
The film is a black comedy about a man's failed attempt to murder his wife, whom he believes has been unfaithful to him.
While rich with the sharp dialogue that became Sturges' trademark, the actors are overacting in such an unnatural tone of voice and the whole story sounds ridiculous to me---not funny at all.
None of the characters are believable and sympathetic.
After all, it's a waste of my time.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

This is definitely Sturges on the way DOWN. The humor is labored, the slapstick over-long, the dialogue tiresome, and unlike his other masterpieces, there seems to be no affection for his benighted characters. There is also a serious misjudgment in one of the homicidal sequences...a murder scene that is far too graphic to allow us to identify or sympathise with the protagonist again. Sturges' great work has a brilliant, fizzy balance of eccentricity, exceptional wit, quirky characters, slapstick and acute social observation. Here all these things fail him. This is a soggy, shrill mess.

May 30, 2013

Best movie I've seen in years.
Script is tremendous.
Had me thoroughly confused.

Rex Harrison gives a tremendous performance.
The others were very believable,
but their characters were mundane.

Oct 06, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Rex Harrison is hilarious as the jealous husband and Linda Darnell is beautiful as always. Pay attention, the dialogue is very fast paced.


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