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The Fan

1949 1h 29m Drama List
Reviews 70% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere (Jeanne Crain) runs off with Lord Darlington (George Sanders) because her husband likes Mrs. Erlynne (Madeleine Carroll). Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Madeleine Carroll's last film is a enjoyable version of the Wilde comedy of errors marred by Jeanne Crain's, miscasting still a decent swan song. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Otto Preminger's The Fan, is a timely story centered around Lord Windermere and his wife, whose relationship becomes increasingly unstable, mostly from the affect of outside influences. It's a story that is told backwards, starting many years after the events, and told by the character of Mrs. Erlynne, a woman very much responsible for the instability which plagued Lord Windermere's relationship with his wife. With a story focused on the upper-class, narrative style, and visuals, the film reminded me of quite a bit of a Max Ophuls' film. Visually, Preminger uses some nice compositions and exquisite camera moves at the right times, to add to the film in a way that it's not distracting in the slightest. Two of my favorite moments being the transition of Mrs. Erlynne arriving at Margaret Windermere's birthday party, and the handheld use towards the end of the film when Mrs. Erlynee and Margaret Windermere are trying to sneak out of Robert Darlington's home. The Fan does a great job at presenting a simple story which becomes ever-increasingly complex due to the social-pressure and gossip which takes place in this world. We witness first hand how the Windermere's relationship is completely healthy, but how these forces can and will create conflict, which really has no reason being there in the first place. The reveal that takes place about 2/3rds into the film involving Mrs. Erlynee was a nice touch, which really creates a strong emotional resonance towards the end of the film regarding the "ultimate sacrifice" she makes. The Fan is a film that examines the decisions we all make,and how the past/present/future all influence our lives and the connection which exists between them. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere (Jeanne Crain) runs off with Lord Darlington (George Sanders) because her husband likes Mrs. Erlynne (Madeleine Carroll).
Otto Preminger
Otto Preminger
Production Co
Twentieth Century Fox
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
May 22, 2017
1h 29m