Classics but a little worn
- Trial and Error / The Millionairess review by JD
Trial and error is almost anti-funny. The barrister has had an unbelievably unlucky life having studied so hard as a student and lived so meagrely only to see his fiancée killed in the war and be unemployed for 40 years.Difficult to see anything but the blackest humour in it. He meets a terminally sad and shy man who is so irritated by his superficial and trivially jolly wife that he kills her. Blacker still. The trial then fails because the barrister fails to follow protocol. The black cloud of depression hangs over this film which you should only watch if you have an incredibly macabre humour or you in fact want the second film on this DVD.
The Millionairess is equally strange. Sophia Loren is an actress who is arguably the most admired ever, but not for her acting skills. Casting her in a role requiring a delicate balance of humour and spoilt and desperate was ambitious. I think she overdid the desperate. Sellers plays an easier role but not much better. This DVD is for the nostalgic not the young.
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