Saturday, January 17, 2009
This movie was remarkable! I had no idea Jean Harlow could act so well! Tina Fey must have seen this -- it has so much in common with 30 Rock that it is startling. The movie industry was still relatively young in 1933, and it is amazing how self-aware this picture is. I would call it a backstage comedy, except that (spoiler) it isn't really a comedy! Despite gags throughout, the film is almost like some kind of Alfred Hitchcock story, with surprising revelations, and ending in tragedy. I actually felt kind of sick at the end -- it just didn't seem fair to end it like that -- I can't imagine a modern film ending this way. And weirdly, it seems to be a great deal like Harlow's own life.