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THE SIXTEEN-MILLIMETRE SHRINE

USA, 1959 (MIFF 1996, Ida Lupino - Actor)

Director: Mitchell Leisen

" Picture a woman looking at a picture" Movie great of another time once brilliant star in a firmament no longer a part of the sky eclipsed by the movement of earth and time. Barbara Jean Trenton whose world is a projection room whose dreams are made out of celluloid " Not true to life yet a strangely self referential role for Lupino as aging screen starlet obsessed with her former glory days shades of Sunset Boulevard echoed in the fact the music score is also by Franz Waxman (The Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca) This look into the abyss of bitterness all consuming nostalgia and faded dreams is pedigree Twilight Zone The third last and best outing for directer Mitchell Leisen. (AH)

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