“The Art Of Loving Story Of Michalina Wislocka” (Maria Sadowska, Poland 2017)

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To be watched twice (at least)!

Actors: Karolina Gruszka, Magdalena Boczarska,Justyna Wasilewska
Director: Maria Sadowska
Writer: Krzysztof Rak
Music: Radzimir Debski
Cinematography: Michal Sobocinski
Editing: Jaroslaw Kaminski

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“Notes On A Scandal” (Richard Eyre, USA 2006)

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excellent dialogues + music
weakest: message + humor

Cleverly orchestrated four-generational love relationship, in which a woman in her sixties who is still looking for her true (lesbian) love falls for a young married mother of two who has an affair with a teenage boy. The emotional stability of the two male characters (the 15-year old boy and the older husband) contrasts with the vulnerability of the two female leads.

Director: Richard Eyre
Writers: Patrick Marber, Zoe Heller (novel)
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson, Bill Nighy
Music: Philip Glass
Cinematography: Chris Menges
Editing: John Bloom, Antonia Van Drimmelen

“The Unfaithful” (Vincent Sherman, US 1947)

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Director: Vincent Sherman
Writers: David Goodis (original screenplay), James Gunn (original screenplay)
Actors: Ann Sheridan, Lew Ayres, Zachary Scott

Same year, same director, same actress, same infidelity theme as precedent movie (Nora Prentiss) but this one with a more traditional approach. As in Nora Prentiss, a film noir with no real bad guy (or bad girl), except for the greedy Martin Barrow (Steven Gearey).

Eve Arden steals the show, a feminine counterpart to George Sanders.

“These Three” + “The Children’s Hour” (William Wyler, US, 1936 – 1961)

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Director: William Wyler
Writer: Lillian Hellman (original story and screen play)
Actors: Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea

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Director: William Wyler
Writers: Lillian Hellman (play), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

Because of the M.P.P.C. (or Hays Code)  that started to be fully implemented in 1934, Lillian Hellman had to change the story of her first play The Children’s Hour based on a true story in which two teachers are accused of being lesbians into a more acceptable triangular relationship..In These Three the two female teachers are in love with the same man.
In 1961, William Wyler made a remake of his own 1936 film, using this time the original story and the original title of the play.