Film - Feature | July 28 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Nell, a sullen, suppressed spirit more tempted than temptress, is hired to babysit a suburban brat in a Manhattan hotel. Jed, a pilot on layover, sees Nell as an easy landing and glides over to room 807, a bottle in his pocket. Charlotte Armstrong probably didnt have Marilyn Monroe in mind when she created Nell (or maybe she did: Nells last name is Munro); however, Monroe infuses the character with the vulnerability inherent in Nells history of mental illness. Armstrongs novel Mischief (1951) is heavy on parentheses; thats where the thinking happens, showing that Nell is not the only unstable soul.
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