FLESH AND FANTASY
1943, Universal, 94 min, Dir: Julien Duvivier

Considered one of the greatest French directors (his PEPÉ LE MOKO is the virtual template for the “poetic realism” that informed film noir), Duvivier escaped the war years at home by bringing his incredible style to several offbeat Hollywood films of the early 1940s. This anthology of slightly supernatural tales - a proto-“Twilight Zone,” if you will - features a dazzling cast of stars (Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Boyer, Betty Field, Robert Cummings, Thomas Mitchell) and exceptional camerawork by Stanley Cortez and Paul Ivano.


LOVE AFFAIR
1939, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

French artist Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) and American performer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) fall in love on a ship sailing to New York. But both are engaged to other people, so Michel and Terry agree to rendezvous in six months at the top of the Empire State Building if they still want a life together. This classic romantic drama was later remade by director McCarey as AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.


CLUNY BROWN
1946, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Director Ernst Lubitsch's last complete film is one of his funniest. Jennifer Jones is a female plumber working as a maid on an English estate; in other words, it' s RUGGLES OF RED GAP in reverse. Charles Boyer is a penniless Czech intellectual smitten by Jones and befriended by rich Peter Lawford. With Helen Walker, C. Aubrey Smith.


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