Cinema: New Picture, may 3, 1954

Pit of Loneliness (Arthur Davis] is a sensitive and conscientious movie about life in a girls' school, with muted undertones of Lesbianism. In psychological understanding, it is superior to the famous picture with a similar theme, Madchen in Uniform (1931); and in the use of movie means to complex ends, Directress Jacqueline Audry (Gigi) almost equals, in some passages, the achievement of the great German horror story.

Directress Audry worked with a hard-eyed and knowing script written by her sister, famed French Novelist Colette (who took her story from a 1949 English novel, Olivia, by an anonymous author). The movie tells...