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A Letter to Three Wives
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Commentaries on this disc:
Joseph Mankiewicz biographers Kenneth Geist and Cheryl Lower, and Christopher Mankiewicz
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Reviewed by petershelleyau on April 2nd, 2012
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Lower does most of the talking which is a shame since whilst she has some interesting analysis, she also points out narrative points that are clear if one has already watched the film. Another frustration is that Geist doesn't do the whole commentary since what he does say is hilarious. Christopher Mankiewicz provides some autobiographical notes, but names another of his father's films titles mistakenly. The three separately recorded comments sometimes include repetition eg in how the film was Paul Douglas' debut. Otherwise there are notes on casting, Mankiewicz's directing style and concerns, his working in the studio system, his career, the one location scene, the source material, production code objections, and the film's reception and the Oscars won for it.
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