(aka "Comme un Torrent" )

 

directed by Vincente Minelli
USA 1958

 

Melodrama seems the logical next step for Minelli after he had effectively exhausted the great MGM Musical genre with Gigi in 1958. With Some Came Running a darker tone which had become evident in earlier musicals like The Band Wagon and American in Paris comes to the fore in his great cycle of melodramas including the magnificent Two Weeks in Another Town (unreleased on DVD.)

Some Came Running is perhaps the first of the Sinatra "Rat Pack" movies with Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine joining forces with Sinatra in what here proves a pivotal psychological ménage. Anyone who thought Dino couldn't act will have to re-view this and Rio Bravo for a real study in grace, delivery and physicality. Frank's first scene with Dino in the bar looks deliciously like a first take - and runs for maximum length (over a minute) - you can't help noticing Sinatra has trouble looking Dean in the eye for the first half dozen exchanges, and the two actors barely manage to stop little bits of physical business - it's clearly a nascent moment for these guys in a movie together.

Fans of Godard's Contempt/Le Mepris will of course recognize Godard's hommage to Dino in the scene of Michel Piccoli in the bathtub reading the original James Jones novel. In a vaguely similar scene in Minelli's picture Dino appears in boxer shorts and singlet at breakfast shaving and pouring himself a breakfast Whisky.

Some Came Running takes the literal parameters of "Melodrama" - music and drama - and like Sirk or Visconti he laces the seemingly naturalistic drama of the screenplay with operatic strength emotion and intensity. Through the performances and most magnificently through his superbly rendered 'Scope mise en scène.

David Hare

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Theatrical Release: 18 December 1958 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner France (Legendes du Cinema) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to David Hare for the Review!

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Warner France

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:30:20 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Audio DD 2 channel English
Subtitles French Optional
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner France

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Warner France Legendes du Cinema Series

DVD Release Date: 6 December 2006
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Chapters 12

 

 

Comments A very solid disc from Warner France. Dual layered with the movie only disc generously taking 7.136 Gig. Sound is indicated on the cover as 1 channel Mono but is in fact 2 channel Stereo. The original release information indicates a 4 channel soundtrack but that is not not present here. There is no French dub, and only optional French subs.

Image is very strong, progressively encoded and stable. Color is a pretty exact reproduction of the slightly drabber than Technicolor tones of the old Metrocolor process (a variation of Eastmancolor.) The print is in excellent condition with no visible surface damage and there is only minor evidence of the "popping" in opticals such as dissolves which can plague older Eastmancolor prints. The color and image generally are rendered at the same very high standard as Warner France's other MGM 50s releases, including Moonfleet, Party Girl and the later Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Recommended.

 - David Hare

 

 



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