When Altman's great, he's great, but... Yeesh!
A waste of a terrific cast.
Slight but charming 1930s nonsense featuring a roundelay of philandering spouses mixed up with a couple of jewel thieves. Starring two great underrated actresses of the period, Kay Francis and Genevieve Tobin, whom Lubitsch utilized to brilliant effect in TROUBLE IN PARADISE and ONE HOUR WITH YOU. The settings, costumes and script are much better than one might expect from this Warner Bros quickie (made by a fairly unremarkable director, Alfred E. Green), which doesn’t overstay its welcome at 65…
Sophia Coppola's cool and deliberate retelling of Thomas Cullinan's Southern gothic potboiler is very pretty, featuring elegant cinematography, costume and production design; not to mention strong performances by Farrell, Kidman, Dunst and Fanning -- but overall this is weak tea compared to Don Siegel's masterfully perverse 1971 adaptation. Coppola's decision to leave out the slave character is a major mistake, and the film's overall chasteness toward matters of sex, and the overall bloodless way she deals with their captive soldier's limb towards the end, diminishes the effect of the material overall.