The Reckless Moment

USA | 1949 | 82 minutes | Max Ophüls

July 27, 2016

SIFF Cinema Egyptian | Noir City
Mother knows best in this Max Ophüls-directed melodrama about the lengths one woman will go to in order to protect her daughter from a scheming blackmailer (James Mason)—and how she scrambles to hide the truth from both her family and the police. Based on Elizabeth Saxnay Holding’s novel "The Blank Wall", this is one of the best “domestic thrillers” ever made.

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  • Director: Max Ophüls
  • Principal Cast: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1949
  • Running Time: 82 minutes