The Cobweb (1955)
The Cobweb (1955)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Cobweb

Vincente Minnelli | United States | 1955 | PG

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Wed 27 Mar 2024

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In a psychiatric clinic in Nebraska, professionals and patients clash over the choice of new drapes for the inhouse library. As with many melodramas, a seemingly insubstantial everyday veneer disguises a deeply sympathetic and troubled portrait of human frailty, conflict, trauma and psychosis. Minnelli’s keen eye for sweeping visuals, lush sets, expressive mise en scène and the suggestive tones of Eastmancolor compliment Grahame’s terrific performance as the flawed, frustrated wife of the clinic’s chief doctor (Richard Widmark). Also starring Lauren Bacall, Lillian Gish, Charles Boyer and Oscar Levant.

35mm print

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: BFI
Runtime: 134 mins

Event duration

134 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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