This film has a memorable opening sequence: under the credits, we see a cab driving slowly through the deserted streets of a small town, to the accompaniment of Bronislau Kaper's haunting theme. It sets the tone of the whole film, which is about longing. (The theme was re-used in "Invitation.") Several years earlier Kaper had written another beautiful theme for Turner's "Green Dolphin Street." Turner does very well in a role that one feels may have had a certain resonance for her: when her Lily talks about the emptiness of her life as a model, one senses that the actress really drew upon thoughts of her own life. Somewhat paradoxically she is presented with ugly hair styles and dresses that were presumably meant to imply elegance.
The early scenes in the office of the modeling agency have a nice fluidity and capture the controlled chaos of the milieu. Cukor brings vivid performances from Tom Ewell and Jean Hagen (both of whom he directed in "Adam's Rib") and especially Ann Dvorak. The shattering of the porcelain shoe at the end of the film is a kind of reversal of the Cinderella slipper idea, and is emblematic of the fact that Lily's life is indeed her own, and not dependent on any kind of prince charming for meaning.
A Life of Her Own
A Life of Her Own
Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough growing up experiences, and as such she is a good judge of character. She believes she can escape her troubles through professional success. Because of her hard work ethic, she quickly does rise to the top of her profession. She attracts the attention of Steve Harleigh, a wealthy copper mine owner. Despite they both knowing that nothing can come between them, they fall in love. The issues are that he lives and works in Montana, and that he is already married. Steve feels guilty about his marital infidelity as his wife, Nora, is physically disabled from a car accident in which he was the cause. Lily has to decide if her own happiness is worth destroying the life of a woman - an invalid - she's never met.
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March 23, 2021 at 11:23 PM