Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The reckless moment (1949) - Max Ophüls film noir starring Joan Bennett and James Mason

Rating 7.3/10
Runtime: 79 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Max Ophüls
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041768/


James Mason ... Martin Donnelly
Joan Bennett ... Lucia Harper
Geraldine Brooks ... Bea Harper
Henry O'Neill ... Tom Harper
Shepperd Strudwick ... Ted Darby
David Bair ... David Harper
Roy Roberts ... Nagel

Description: In the charming community of Balboa 50 miles from Los Angeles, the middle-class housewife Lucia Harper travels to Los Angeles to meet the scoundrel Ted Darby. Her seventeen year-old daughter Beatrice is in love with Ted that is a worthless man. He asks for money to leave Bea, but Lucia refuses to give. Bea does not believe on her mother and during the night she sneaks out to the boat garage to meet Ted that admits that Lucia told the truth. Bea pushes him and Ted falls on an anchor immediately dying. On the next morning, Lucia finds the body and assumes that Bea has killed her lover. She decides to get rid of the corpse and puts it in her boat and dumps far from home. When the police find Ted, the stranger Martin Donnelly visits Lucia to blackmail her on behalf of his partner Nagel that has several letters that Bea had written to Ted, asking US$ 5,000 for the letters. The desperate Lucia tries to raise the amount since her husband is working in Berlin. However, Martin falls in love ...



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Also included "Maternal overdrive" - 22 minutes introduction by Todd Haynes, an American independent film director and screenwriter

Video and audio information:

Video : 1.18 GB, 2147 Kbps, 25 fps, 684*512 (4:3), XviD 1.2.0SMP (UTC 2006-01-08)
Audio : 108/73 MB, 192/128 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channel, 0x55 = AC3/MP3, CBR/VBR

Sample, posters and screenshots included

Dual audio track information

This movie contains two audio tracks, one is original English, and the other is audio commentary by Utz Bacher, an American artist. You can use VLC Player to easily choose between any of audio tracks or you can use VirtualDub to get rid of any of audio tracks by following these steps:

1. Download Virtualdub from that WWW address:


2. Download your version, unzip the files, start the program by running VirtualDub.exe

3. From “File” tab choose “Open video file” and find your dual audio file on your HDD (or you can simply drag and drop movie file into program window)

4. If any warining window pops up, just click on “OK”

5. From “Video” tab choose “Direct stream copy” option (very important, do not miss that step)

6. From “Audio” tab choose which audio stream you want to use, usually English is Stream 1, and commentary is on Stream 2, but to be 100 % sure use preview option that VD provides by clicking on “Play” button on the butttom of program window when video file is loaded. Of course you can get rid of original audio and save the file with commentary that way too, just by choosing other stream

7. From “File” tab choose “Save AVI file”, put movie name and choose destination folder and then click on OK. Program will start its job after no more than 2 minutes your only one audio track movie should be ready.