|When richard harland marries ellen, he soon finds his life blighted when tragedies take his brother and then his unborn son from him. He comes to suspect these events are not unconnected with his wife's unreasonable jealousy. Yet another shock awaits them all when ellen's emotions become uncontrollable.|
A woman who loves too much marries a man she's only known a few days--much to her fiance's surprise--and her new husband discovers that her selfish ways have ruined others. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actress--Gene Tierney. Academy Awards: Best (Color) Cinematography.
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This genuinely perverse and fascinating film noir, filmed in incredibly rich Technicolor, is the tale of a woman's obsessive desire to possess her husband, exclusive of anyone else in the world.| Ellen Berent and her husband, writer Richard Harland, move to his lodge in Maine. In order to be completely alone with him, Ellen makes the handyman go away and stands by as Richard's attention-grabbing, crippled brother drowns in the lake. Pregnant Ellen also purposely miscarries their child. When Ellen's sister Ruth visits, Ellen's paranoia and jealousy catapult her to confess to Richard that she was responsible for the "accidents." Sickened by Ellen's confession, Richard decides to leave her for good. Ellen's next plan of action is quite possibly the ultimate revenge ever carried out by a jilted, crazed lover.
|One of the advertising tag--lines described the film as "The sum total of all human emotion!"
"...Femme fatale nonpareil..."
Ranked #4 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Best Video Releases of 1995" -- "...One of the creepiest..."
"...Leon Shamroy's color cinematography, a deserving Oscar-winner, looks like era magazine illustrations put to film..."