Cinema: Troubled Pair


Directed by Stanley Donen Screenplay by Charlie Peters and Larry Gelbart

There is the good Stanley Donen and there is the bad Stanley Donen. The good one has for 35 years directed elegant entertainments like Singin' in the Rain, Charade, Two for the Road and Movie Movie. Every once in a while, though, his dark double appears and turns out something like Staircase or Lucky Lady and, now, Blame It on Rio. Inelegant is too mild a word for it; even distasteful doesn't quite cover it. Shall we say disgusting?

The plot has two businessmen, Matthew Hollis (Michael Caine) and...

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