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Madwoman of Chaillot, The

Our regular chance to have a pop at Bryan Forbes always casting Nanette Newman in his films, here as a folk singer in an adaptation of a weird “fanciful comedy” French stage play, wherein out-of-it aristo Katharine Hepburn defends historic Paris from a bunch of oil prospectors. Yul ‘King’ Brynner, Richard ‘Kildare’ Chamberlain, Edith ‘gorn orf terribly’ Evans and Donald ‘perfectly’ Pleasence act oddly.

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  1. Matt Patton

    October 6, 2012 at 2:11 am

    The film sort-of launders the original play’s anti-semitism, but it doesn’t make it any less twee and annoying. You get the feeling that if Spencer Tracy were still around, Hepburn wouldn’t have gone within a mile of this project, fearing his withering contempt (theirs was NOT a healthy relationship_.

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