Heart-stealer Fontaine coaxes the wealthy Scott away from Leslie and plans to live off the businessman's riches while continuing her affair with moody novelist Ryan. When the proud Ryan refuses to play the witch's game and Scott discovers his "sweet" bride's true nature, Fontaine is left
alone. She coldly brushes the dust of both men off her shoulders and moves on to other unsuspecting males.
This rather unoriginal story of a femme fatale is given an unorthodox treatment by gifted director Ray (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, THE LUSTY MEN). Avoiding the cliche of a punishment scene, Ray extinguished any hope for a typical Hollywood ending that would see such an evil woman wallowing in
self-pity or dying as the credits roll. Using artist Ferrer as an observer-character during the film, Ray plays a bit too much with point-of-view and its relationship to conventional storytelling, creating a disassociated narrative that is hard to follow. However, Ray's interest in the
psychological state of his protagonist and its relationship to visual style makes the film mesmerizing. leave a comment