Cinema: Vanities


Directed and Written by Jules Dassin

An aging actress portraying an aging actress: it is thought to be, especially by desperate people, one of the surest ploys in show biz. The great lady who undertakes the assignment is certain to be applauded for the honesty and bravery of her self-exposure, and since stars of a certain age are thought to combine volatility and vulnerability in a colorful way, the opportunities for bravura effects are endless. The opportunities for tedious egocentricity are there too—so much so in the case of Melina...

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