Strange Fascination

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Hugo Haas, Hollywood's oddest auteur, does it again with this strangely unfascinating drama about a concert pianist (Haas, not surprisingly), who hits a streak of bad luck. He can tolerate his financial misfortune, but when his vivacious blonde wife, Moore, walks out on him, he resorts to drastic measures. He mangles his hand in the hopes of collecting...read more

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Hugo Haas, Hollywood's oddest auteur, does it again with this strangely unfascinating drama about a concert pianist (Haas, not surprisingly), who hits a streak of bad luck. He can tolerate his financial misfortune, but when his vivacious blonde wife, Moore, walks out on him, he resorts

to drastic measures. He mangles his hand in the hopes of collecting insurance money, but even that fails. The finale has him playing a one-handed piano piece. As with Haas's other films, this is interesting to watch because it is so melodramatic, not because it is a good film.

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