14 July 2010 | dbdumonteil
Women love outlaws they say
...or at least women love people who can take them away from a humdrum life ."The Frenchman's creek" could be only just dream.That it was written by Du Maurier is not surprising: "Rebecca"-which featured the same actress- had something dreamlike ,something like a fairy tale with a witch.
A socialite, a distinguished lady of Old England sees time passing her by,with a not-so-handsome husband who is anything but romantic.This lady wants something else ,something more than merely sexual ,or else she would have picked up a young lover in the aristocracy.A revealing scene shows her playing with her children ; ladies from long ago did not do so: their nannies used to do that job.When she sails away with her pirate,it's some kind of game with big children who themselves play -see they them put on the ladies' clothes- or spend most of the time singing obscure French folk songs with a curious Latin accent which is anything but the French accent .
The second part of the movie is a return to a harsh reality ,the well-meaning people ,the society with the laws ,the possessions .The heroine can no longer follow the rules .I was wondering if Milady would wake up from her slumber and discovered she dreamed her life away.
The costumes are lavish,the colors magnificent and Joan Fontaine was never more beautiful: I generally like her sister best but I can't imagine Olivia de Havilland play a tomboy,when the heroine joins the crew.
Olivia de Havilland ,who,in another great movie by Leisen ("Hold back the dawn"),was a simple schoolteacher falling for a mysterious alien ,the same way her sister did here.
Like this?Try these.....
"Moonfleet" (1955) by Fritz Lang "The Spanish Main " (1945) by Frank Borzage "Peter Pan" (1953) by Clyde Geronimi,Hamilton Luske,Wilfred Jackson.