Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ladies In Retirement, 1941

Second viewing

The titles are gorgeous, floating in the swamp, carved into stone and wood

This gothic noirish tale is very interesting for several reasons. It portrays mental illness of the sort that in rich people may be called eccentricity, but in poor people over a hundred years ago are grounds for institutionalization. Things like OCD behavior, hoarding, mild delusion. Enough that people complain about you and you cannot live within the usual framework of society without family support. 

You do not want to live with a hoarding Elsa Lanchester 

If your family is Ida Lupino and she works for a retired actress in a big house you’ll be alright.

This is a really good movie, highly recommended.

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