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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987)

Irresistible, lush melodrama set in the highest echelons of New York society of the 40s, 50s and 60s that make and enforce their own rules focuses on a showgirl (Ann-Margret) who marries into an aristocratic family. What starts out as a Cinderella story turns into a grand tragedy of murder, revenge, manipulation, hypocrisy and class privilege. It’s the filmic equivalent of a juicy best seller than you can’t put down. Ann-Margret gives the performance of her career as the young Mrs. Grenville going from na├»ve chorus girl to hardened and bruised alcoholic and Claudette Colbert is the cold, unforgiving elder Mrs. Grenville in her final film role. Elizabeth Ashley, Stephen Collins, Penny Fuller, Sam Wanamaker, John Rubenstein co-star.

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