This 1941 version of "Back Street" is a remake of the 1932 version with Irene Dunne. In this newer version, Margaret Sullavan plays Rae, a woman who is swept off her feet by a handsome man, Walter (Charles Boyer). However, after a mix-up occurs, he thinks she's left him...so he goes on with his life and career. But it wasn't her fault that she missed the boat...and she also, figuratively speaking, misses the boat with Walter.
Five years pass. Rae has moved from Cincinnati to New York City. And, one day she bumps into Walter on the street. They pick up where they left off years before, though their reunion is muted when she learns that he is married and has a child. Now instead of them saying their goodbyes, she agrees to become his mistress. Years pass....and essentially, Rae just sits around her apartment to catch moments with Walter here and there.
What follows is a very sad story about a woman with very low self-esteem spending her life hiding in the shadows...only for the tiny moments she can have with her lover. Many years pass....and still she is his hidden woman. What's next? See the movie...or don't.
"Back Street" is a very slick movie. The acting is excellent, there are some nice supporting actors and the direction is lovely. The only problem, and it's a huge one, is that the story is all about adultery....and it makes for a rather wistful and pathetic one. I had trouble looking past this and felt as if Rae was just a sad chump...not someone I really cared about or could connect with in any way.
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Pretty Rae Smith and handsome Walter Saxel meet, fall in love and make plans to marry. Unfortunately, their marriage plans get sabotaged when a jealous beau makes Rae miss the ceremony. The two meet many years later in New York, only now Walter is married. Refusing to be shut out of his life, Rae agrees to be Walter's mistress. —Daniel Bubbeo
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March 29, 2022 at 07:39 PM