Friday, December 10, 2010

Rolf Hansen - Damals AKA At That Time (1943)

This is an interesting film as the last one of the war years from Zarah Leander. On one level we might call it a damsel-in-distress chick flick: strong woman gets deeper and deeper in trouble as she lies to her husband about meeting an old friend, gets divorced, emigrates to Switzerland, works as doctor, gets fired for disobeying her boss's orders, emigrates to Portugal, dances in nightclub, emigrates to some unnamed Latin American country...
On another level it's a whodunit thriller - murder in the hotel, mysterious woman, false identity, detective work to find out what happened.
Many say that this is her best film. I might agree, although as I watch others, I find that I love them all