Pass the coronavirus with ... "Prosecution Witness"
When Marlene Dietrich fixes her gaze on the figure of the lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts and solemnly recognizes herself, drunk with her own firmness, that she never faints because she is not sure that she will fall elegantly, one understands Immediately you are in front of a great movie. One of those that lingers in memory for a long time, that does not easily escape from the prison of our head.
And it is that the film directed by Billy Wilder in 1957 has the necessary ingredients to turn the judicial and criminal framework of England in the 20th century into an exciting game of inverted roles, crazy plots, indicted love affairs and obscene amounts of gin in a thermos . The achievement of brilliant and sharp dialogues envelops the viewer and transports him to a story starring a monumental Charles Laughton capable of offering, in the director's own words, "more than twenty different forms of improvisation" for each scene.
In this film whose narrative base is taken from the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, a picturesque lawyer who has just left a long season in the hospital after presenting serious heart problems agrees to defend the figure of Leonard Vole, a commercial without too much projection accused of murdering a wealthy widow with whom he had had a peculiar emotional relationship. Fun, magnetic, agile, intelligent, crazy and "better than any of Hitchcock" according to Wilder himself. Don't kill this weird time we live in. Stretch it, flip it and take advantage of it to discover cinematic gems like this one.
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