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DOWNY DEFINES ACTING, DIANNE LANE STOPS THE HEART WITH HER BEAUTY
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
I consistently defy anyone to name a better performance than Downey Jr., in this film. I don't know whether it was his personal history, or simply the lack of ability among members of the Academy to recognize timeless art, that robbed him of his Oscar.
I wrote this review especially to say that I have been in love with Dianne Lane all my life, and I do not know of a moment in any film where her beauty has been so raw, and so powerful. In later years, Lane has become a greatly respected actress, but at this time she was still very, very young. She has never lost a single photon of her radiance, and I find her as stunning today, playing the elderly mother of Superman, as I did all these years ago. She is a walking and breathing Halleluiah to the spirit of eternal and incandescent loveliness.
If you have not seen this film, I truly envy you.
A final note:
Before you watch this, find "The Gold Rush", first, and then "The Great Dictator", and invest a bit of time In watching Hollywood's "greatest ballet artist" do his dance, in anticipation of watching the story of his life. Before the words "that stuff is OLD" can come out of your mouth, you will be laughing too hard to say them. And, perhaps crying,
You will thank me, I think, for knowing Charlie a little more personally, when you come to his own story.