Thursday, September 9, 2010

Elmer Gantry (1960): review- 10/10

A salesman of domestic appliances, down on his luck, is enchanted by a female evangelist: he uses his sales skills to join her religious movement, to promote the Gospel and to get closer to her.

An extraordinary film: it is impossible not to delight in theatrical trickster Gantry, who is played with great suppleness by Burt Lancaster. And each scene is shot through with an ambiguity, wit and irony that allows the film to breathe.

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