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The Woman on the Beach (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 2 June 1947 (USA)
A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.

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Scott, a troubled Coast Guardsman assigned to a fog-bound station on a remote stretch of beach, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress when he survives a mine explosion that sinks his ship. Although he is engaged to a beautiful young woman who loves him, he becomes involved with an enigmatic femme fatale whom he meets near the beached wreckage of a torpedoed ship. She is married to a renowned painter who was blinded in a traumatic, but mysterious incident, details of which are very hazy. Although they only live in a small cottage, the couple have an ambivalent relationship especially in regards to his priceless cache of unsold paintings, a relationship that evolves into a romantic triangle as Scott falls under her seductive spell. Written by dule1029@aol.com

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Desirable Woman  »

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Peggy says her husband's "optic nerve was cut," which is why he's blind. But, although she refers to the optic nerve in the singular, people have two optic nerves, one for each eye. See more »

Quotes

Tod: Peggy, did it ever occur to you that to me you'll always be beautiful no matter how old you grow? I'll always remember you as you were the last day I saw you - young, beautiful, bright, excitimg. No one who can see can say that to you. Peg, you're so beautiful... so beautiful outside... so rotten inside.
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During the opening credits, the waves wash away one set of names before the next set is displayed. See more »

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Featured in Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007) See more »

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Beautiful film noir.
30 May 2000 | by (Göteborg,Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is an odd attempt by the great Jean Renoir to make a film noir. The script is not so good, but visually this film is dynamite, with wonderful photograpy by Leo Tover and Harry J Wild. Renoir did extensive retakes of many scenes, but was unable to get it right, unfortunately the film was severly cut by RKO for being too sensual and provocative. Whats left is great, a tormented husband, his unfaithful wife and her lover, who isnt convinced the husband is blind. The story is made dramtic by Renoir, and his careful direction makes the rather badly written characters interesting. The acting by Robert Ryan and Joan Bennett is very exellent, and Charles Bickford is both brutal and sensitive as the husband. The film has dramatic music by Hanns Eisler and despite having laughable dialogue in some scenes it is definately worth watching. The work of a great cinematic artist.


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