Film - Feature | June 29 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill,
Elizabeth Sanxay Holding, whom Raymond Chandler called the top suspense writer of them all, wrote The Blank Wall (1947) about a wartime wife who starts out hiding cigarettes and ends up hiding a body. Ophuls captures the subtext, as Juliet Clark describes: The Reckless Moment traces the traps of American domesticity with both irony and painful compassion. The plot is set in motion by the accidental killing of Joan Bennetts daughters unsavory lover, but the films emotional intensity derives less from this crisis than from the relentlessness of the everyday . . . a condition only sympathetic blackmailer James Mason seems to notice.
$7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission