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The Best of Everything (1959)

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Commentary 1: Novelist Rona Jaffe and film historian Sylvia Stoddard Rating:8.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on April 7th, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
Jaffe and Stoddard share 50% of this commentary which is mostly scene-specific and recorded separately resulting in some repetition. Jaffe isn't as entertaining as Stoddard but she does eventually loosen up enough to be funny. Otherwise she comments on how she came to write the novel on which the film is based, her working relationship with producer Jerry Wald, characters, how the film differs from her book, and some scenes that were filmed but cut after a preview screening. Stoddard is funny all of the time and comments on locations/sets, the context of the career woman in the 1950s, realism in the film, casting, costumes and jewellery, characters, art direction, score, and Wald. Stoddard also mentions cut scenes, the most famous being that where Joan Crawford's character was drunk in a bar and which had been apparently the main reason the actress agreed to take the role.