(1952) Directed by David Miller. Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame. (111 min.) DCP.
A successful middle-aged playwright (Joan Crawford) falls madly in love with a struggling actor (Jack Palance) who turns out to be not a dreamboat, but a predator. Nominated for Oscars for Crawford, Palance, costumes, and stunning San Francisco cinematography, this rediscovered noir masterpiece contains one of Crawford’s fiercest performances.
“Like many underrecognized treasures, David Miller’s Sudden Fear fits into and defies different genres, its convention-scrambling partly the result of the fact that the film looks both forward and back” (Village Voice).
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