Moonfleet

In this film set in the mid-1700s, Granger is given custody of the young Whiteley. However, instead of caring for the boy, he sends him off to school. Whiteley soon learns he should have inherited a famed diamond and, realizing he is being hoodwinked, returns to the village of Moonfleet. Granger gets his hands on the gem, long hidden in a well, but decides...read more

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In this film set in the mid-1700s, Granger is given custody of the young Whiteley. However, instead of caring for the boy, he sends him off to school. Whiteley soon learns he should have inherited a famed diamond and, realizing he is being hoodwinked, returns to the village of Moonfleet.

Granger gets his hands on the gem, long hidden in a well, but decides to return it to Whiteley, the rightful heir. Lang's first film for MGM since FURY (his first American film, in 1936) is also his first in CinemaScope, a process that, as he stated in Jean-Luc Godard's CONTEMPT (1963), is "only

good for funerals and snakes." It is not an entirely successful picture (though definitely far from dismissible), and Lang can be faulted mainly for his growing need to please himself rather than the public--an attitude not subscribed to in most of his earlier works.

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