The Searching Wind (1946)

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Always the diplomat, Alex Hazen is slow to take sides in Europe of the 1920s and 1930s. Cassie Bowwman wants him to be more decisive and leaves him in Rome just as Mussolini is coming to ... See full summary »

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  • Robert Young and Sylvia Sidney in The Searching Wind (1946)
  • Robert Young and Sylvia Sidney in The Searching Wind (1946)
  • Robert Young and Sylvia Sidney in The Searching Wind (1946)
  • Robert Young and Ann Richards in The Searching Wind (1946)
  • Sylvia Sidney in The Searching Wind (1946)
  • Robert Young in The Searching Wind (1946)

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12 October 2006 | PeterWarnes
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| And has anyone noticed ...
And has anyone noticed the way the Sidney and Richards figures in this film anticipate Fonda and Redgrave in "Julia"?

The film itself is very handsome, in a less-than-dynamic sort of way. (How could any film with Robert Young and Ann Richards as 2/3rds of its central trio be described as "dynamic"?) The screenplay is good, though, and Sidney is first-rate.

The theatrical version of Hellman's story was notable for a flashy early appearance by Montgomery Clift (as the ambassador's son). Not a huge success, but acclaimed nonetheless. Frankly, the writing's better for the screenplay.

There's a lot, too, to be said for the sort of noir-flavored, female-centered drama that Hal Wallis and (frequently) William Dieterle produced in this era. "Love Letters," for instance, "The Accused" ... That plus the Hellman style make an intriguing (as well as intrigue-filled) combination.

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