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Illegal (1955)

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Commentary 1: Patricia King Hanson and actor Nina Foch Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
Reviewed by Max Frost on February 19th, 2008:Find all reviews by Max Frost
It's great to have Nina Foch, the surviving member of the cast (which included Edward G. Robinson and Jayne Mansfield)joined by film historian Hanson, but Foch seems weirdly preoccupied with acting technique. In fact, when Hanson brings up something else, Foch cuts her off to talk about the technique again, almost throughout the entire length of the film. Still, she's can be engaging.
Reviewed by markmarz on August 9th, 2016:Find all reviews by markmarz
Nina Foch taught acting and directing for decades, I suppose that's the reason she's so focused on it. Although interesting, I had to stop halfway through. Foch's main point, I think, was that the technical limitations of the time made it difficult for actors to bring life to the scene. She was so perceptively critical of those limitations that it began to infect my appreciation of movies of the time. I'd rather stay ignorant than focus on the weaknesses. I want to keep enjoying those movies. Hah-hah! So this review is a warning!