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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Keeper of the Flame by George Cukor, 1942 (NR)

with Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Richard Whorf, Margaret Wycherly, Forrest Tucker, Frank Craven, Stephen McNally, Percy Kilbride, Audrey Christie

While investigating the accidental death of revered war hero Robert Forrest, intrepid reporter Stevie O'Malley (Spencer Tracy) meets the man's wife (Katharine Hepburn) and learns a surprising truth about his subject's supposedly "patriotic" past. George Cukor directs this politically charged wartime thriller that marks Tracy and Hepburn's second onscreen partnership, just a year after their first pairing in the romantic comedy Woman of the Year.

"Keeper of the Flame" is not a romantic comedy, and is not portraying a relationship between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, to start with. Which is a change. Probably the only movie of the duet... It is a crime movie, a drama, a movie that is very intelligent at that time, when sometimes the line between patriotism, cherishing of heroes and totalitarianism is very blurry. It reminded me in a way to what happened in California in the 70's, portrayed again in the German movie "Die Welle" (The Wave) a phenomenon that with ripple effect becomes a dangerous movement, if the leader's intentions are dark. It is well played, a little bit over-theatrical but I am guessing it is also the cinema of the time. Interesting nevertheless.

From the same director as Adam's Rib
There are no trailer available for this movie, to my great surprise...


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