There aren't many movies I would call PERFECT, but BABY DOLL is certainly one of them. I think it was the first Elia Kazan movie I ever saw - and the first Tennessee Williams film adaptation - and I was completely blown away - I can't stress it enough - PERFECTION. It looks beautiful (from the gorgeously shot black and white to the beautifully dilapidated farm and Southern tableau, to the beautiful Carroll Baker), it sounds beautiful (the music is great, and I don't think I could possibly love Carroll Baker's accent more), it's completely entertaining - riveting - and fun to watch. The acting is amazing, the building of tension and the masculine/feminine dynamics are so wonderfully framed and conveyed. Just so. well. done. The kind of movie that resonates and resonates and resonates and resonates and resonates...
|had to put up two shots of this scene...i LOVE the idea of washing yr stockings in the tub like this|
|quintessential nymphet played to perfection|
Isn't the poster design so great too? As are the beginning title screens, by the way! Beautiful perfection. I finally got to see it in the theater back in October, and it blew me away all over again. Anybody else seen it?