Saturday, February 09, 2008

Sleuth (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1972)


In an enormous Tudor mansion swarming with kitsch, Laurence Olivier is let loose in a mine-is-bigger-than-yours competition with his wife's younger lover, Michael Caine. You won't be surprised to find the piece was originally written for the stage, but you might be surprised to discover two acting giants regularly and, at times, hideously misjudging their performances. It gets exhausting about 20 minutes in, and it runs well over two hours.

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