anthony-asquith

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The Godfather (1972)

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Cinematography by Gordon Willis

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The Woman in Question (1950, Anthony Asquith)

This film is a British mystery/drama about a murdered woman through the eyes of five different people. Whether a lady, a shrew, a charlatan, a cheat, a damsel in distress, and whatever else in the eyes of the people who talk about her, the detectives solving her murder are never sure of who she “really” was. Five people from her life talk about her in five separate flashback segments and in each one, Jean Kent (the titular woman) portrays a different persona. I thought she was really extraordinary; how she went from being soft-spoken and angelic in one person’s dream to a screaming shrew in the next! I don’t think I’ve ever seen another film structured this way (I’m sure many will note the comparisons to Citizen Kane, Laura and other films about one particular person told in flashback, but I think The Woman in Question is unique due to the woman’s image and entire personality changing depending on who is speaking about her). Another thing I really liked is that although we see so much, the truth of “who she is” is never cemented. Her personality remains fragmented and distorted through what others choose to see and remember. Kind of like real life! The above scene is from one of the five segments and in it she is shown through the eyes of her younger sister as a slovenly bully. It was my favorite segment because Jean Kent really went all out and was as disgusting and in-your-face as possible! - Zynab