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92 min.
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Marylin Monroe
Joseph Cotten
Jean Peters
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20th Century Fox
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Feature Film

At Niagara Falls, Ray and Polly Cutler meet the Loomis. Rose is an attractive blonde with a penchant for life, her husband George an obviously depressed war veteran with a penchant for jealousy. And with good reason: Rose is actually planning to have her lover throw him off the falls ... The marriage and revenge thriller combines the low-key staging of expressionist shadows from a film noir with the glorious showmanship of a Technicolor production. Color applications already contribute to the characterization of the forces of nature in the "establishing shots": A rainbow over black rock adorns Niagara Falls; MM wears red lipstick between white sheets, and nothing else recognizable. While the natural beauty aesthetically ennobles the "Falls", the make-up discredits the woman. Even here, the film provides insight into a moral abyss that is supposed to fascinate cinema audiences just as much as Ray Cutler is fascinated by the sight of Niagara Falls: "Look, so many colors I've never heard of before!

BIOGRAFIE Henry Hathaway

Henry Hathaway (13 March 1898 - 11 February 1985) learned the profession of director as assistant to filmmakers such as Josef von Sternberg and Victor Fleming. In the 1920s he was assistant to the legendary monumental film Ben Hur. From 1932 he was able to direct independently and became one of the most successful directors of Western films. Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar in 1936. After 1945 he shot some of the best Hollywood thrillers of the Black Series. In the 1960's he led the Westerngenre to a new era, with movies that are considered classics today. In the course of his career Hathaway received several awards and was nominated for various prizes. In 1960 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1967 he was awarded the Golden Laurel as a director.

FILMOGRAFIE Henry Hathaway (selection)

1969 True Grit  1967 The Last Safari  1965 The Sons of Katie Elder  1964 Circus World  1962 How the West Was Won  1960 North to Alaska  1958 From Hell to Texas  1957 Legend of the Lost  1956 23 Paces to Baker Street  1954 Prince Valiant  1954 Garden of Evil  1953 Niagara  1952 Diplomatic Courier  1951 Fourteen Hours  1950 The Black Rose  1947 Kiss of Death  1945 The House on 92nd Street  1944 Wing and a Prayer  1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point  1941 Sundown  1941 The Shepherd of the Hills  1940 Brigham Young: Frontiersman  1938 Spawn of the North  1937 Souls at Sea  1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine  1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer 

Henry Hathaway @ IMDb

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