Two Weeks in Another Town
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Writer: Charles Schnee
Based on: Irwin Shaw‘s novel
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, George Hamilton, Cyd Charisse, Daliah Lavi, Claire Trevor
Jack Andrus (Kirk Douglas) was an actor until he had a nervous breakdown and was admitted into a facility where he was slowly getting better. Then an invitation reaches him from director Maurice Kruger (Edward G. Robinson): he should come to Rome, where Kruger is working on a movie in which Jack could have a small part. Jack can’t resist and so he finds himself in Rome for two weeks. But things there aren’t all fun and games: Kruger and his wife Clara (Claire Trevor) are constantly fighting, the film’s young star Davie (George Hamilton) is erratic, and Jack’s ex Carlotta (Cyd Charisse) is also in town and immediately on Jack’s case. But maybe that’s just what he needs.
I really liked this movie. It’s a tad campy in parts and the ending is overblown, but somehow it all works wonderfully anyway.
I guess I can make it official now: I’m a Vincente Minnelli fangirl. I probably should get a badge. His movies are brilliant [though my heart definitely belongs to Home from the Hill]. I should probably watch myself through his entire catalogue (give me some time).
Kirk Douglas was amazing. He was absolutely captivating. And I also really liked George Hamilton in this one. He really has a knack for playing petulant boys. They are not particularly likeable, but oh so good.
I liked the story a lot. It was intelligent about Jack’s recovery and it was fun and the ending was really good. Plus, I loved the pointers to The Bad and the Beautiful.
The only time the film fell slightly apart was during the scene in the car towards the end. That scene was too long, too much, but most of all it was too loud. And the soundtrack wasn’t really my case either.
But other than that it was pretty much perfect.
Summarising: Loved it.