Retrospektive 2018

Weird Woman

Reginald Le Borg
USA 1944
63min
V'18

Die erfolgreiche Radioserie „Inner Sanctum Mystery“ inspirierte sechs Universal-Filme mit Lon Chaney Jr. Der Beste aus der Reihe ist WEIRD WOMAN, in dem Chaney als Anthropologieprofessor eine exotische Südseeschönheit heiratet, die er während seiner Feldforschung für ein Buch über Voodoo-Religionen kennengelernt hat. Der österreichische Emigrant Reginald Le Borg entwirft das scharfkantige Porträt einer engstirnigen amerikanischen College-Stadt voller inzestuöser Rivalitäten und latenter Xenophobie. Der Radiotradition entsprechend nützt der Film Voiceover-Technik, um den Zuseher an der Gedankenwelt Lon Chaneys teilhaben zu lassen.

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The long-running mystery and suspense radio serial Inner Sanctum Mystery (1941—1952) inspired six Universal films, all starring Lon Chaney Jr. and featuring eerie stories of supernatural terror. The best in the series is WEIRD WOMAN which finds Chaney as an anthropology professor married to the exotic island native he met while conducting field research for a book on voodoo religions. Austrian émigré Reginald Le Borg lends an ironically anthropological eye to his cutting study of a small-minded American town destabilized by the incestuous rivalries and unspoken xenophobia that ignite when Chaney unexpectedly returns from his expedition with his comely bride in tow. Remaining true to its radio origins, WEIRD WOMAN makes effective use of voice-overs to place the viewer squarely in the troubled mind-set of Chaney as he struggles to understand the many weird women who whisper suggestively into his ear, including the original Cat Woman and always uncanny Val Lewton regular Elizabeth Russel as a wrathfully vengeful wife desperate to blame someone for her husband’s suicide. (Haden Guest)

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Credits
  • Elisabeth Risdon - Mrs. Raskolnikov
  • Ralph Morgan
  • Evelyn Ankers
  • Lon Chaney Jr.
  • Anne Gwynne
  • Lois Collier
  • Brenda Weisberg
  • Scott Darling
  • based on the novel by Fritz Leiber Jr.
  • Virgil Miller
  • Paul Sawtell
Universal Pictures
35 mm
bw
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