In that excellent political thriller the versatile Lansbury shows just what a marvelous actress she can be.
When I think of the awkwardness of Hillary having her husband and former president, Bill Clinton, stumping for her, I am reminded of “Sunset Blvd.” (1950). In that one a rich former silent movie star, played by Gloria Swanson, has her former husband, played by Eric Von Stroheim, working for her as a butler/chauffeur.
Don’t you wonder what in the world Bill’s role would be if Hillary wins?
Then when I watch Hillary Clinton switch from one personality to another, then another, in a matter of a day or two, I am reminded of “The Three Faces of Eve” (1957), which starred Joanne Woodward.
As Eve White: She sweetly, almost self-effacingly, praised her opponent, Barack Obama, at a debate, saying how “proud” she was to appear on a stage with him.
As Eve Black: With her most shrill voice the next day she berated Obama with, “Shame on you...” over what was a tiny disagreement over syntax. Then we hear how she wants the Michigan and Florida delegations’ votes to count at the convention, in spite of party rules forbidding the same.
As Jane: When she talks about what she has done as a senator to help needy people, she can sound like a disciple of Eleanor Roosevelt. Which makes me think she’s an excellent person to represent New York in the U.S. Senate.