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Strange But True Except When I Disagree

November 1, 2008

Mr. & Mrs. Smith, not the Brangelina, but the original Montgomlombard. Alfred Hitchcock at his least Hitchcockian, trying to make screwball comedy and succeeding, strangely, truly, except when he makes my tummy tight. Both darkly entertaining and brightly disturbing, a hymn to domestic madness and a shriek of domestic bliss, this film should have started a new genre instead of ending an old one . . . something that could have delved deeper into the contradictions it laughs about, celebrates and nervously glances at before turning away in embarrassment.

  1. jaynelovesvera permalink*
    November 2, 2008 12:32 am

    I love this movie. Lombard is so good it hurts. Damn airplanes.

  2. pointy07 permalink*
    November 2, 2008 12:42 am

    I had no idea she had died so young.

    In Mr & Mrs Smith, she seemed so much more real than her costars, and I can’t quite figure out why. But I want to see her in other movies.

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