Cinema: Warmup for Murder

Return from the Ashes borrows polished Actress Ingrid Thulin from Ingmar Bergman's glittering stable, and puts her to posture in one of those lady-in-a-jam thrillers, impossible to believe but easy to enjoy. With a script that gives her lucid intelligence little to fasten upon, Actress Thulin often seems well beyond the wit's end of the character she plays—a Jewish doctor who returns to Paris after World War II, eager to pick up her successful practice and her ne'er-do-well young husband.

Maximilian Schell is persuasively shallow as the husband, a freeloading chess champion who...

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