A SCANDAL IN PARIS / LURED REVIEWED
“A Scandal in Paris” is Sirk’s attempt to create a biopic about Francois-Eugene Vidocq. This film is odd. For a movie created right after World War II ended, it was pretty experimental. Vidocq is shown to be a rogue, but not exactly loveable. His origins are treated as the cause for his later endeavors, but it’s handled in a way that seems almost Ferris Bueller-esque in style. While Sirk is a master director, I never thought he was playing with the medium this early in his career. Most of it will seem like old hat to younger viewers, but this is pretty revolutionary for the time.
“Lured” will make you believe that Lucille Ball could be a detective. While they work in some of her trademark humor, there’s a dramatic turn here that deserved exploring. So many people forget that Ball had a lively career before her TV work. Boris Karloff plays a mad fashion designer that may or may not be a killer stalking London’s young women. All the while, classic cliches play out in a way that only works for Sirk. Quite the stunning film that deserves a second look.
- 1.37:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM Mono