That Kind Of Woman

1959, Movie, NR, 92 mins

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A ridiculously cliched soap opera which stars Loren as a woman kept by millionaire Sanders to help him influence those in power at the Pentagon. She is escorted, along with friend Nichols, on a Miami-to-New York train trip by Sanders' aide Wynn. Along the way she meets a group of GIs and becomes especially fond of one of them, Hunter. Although she spends the night with him, the following morning when the train pulls into the station, she unemotionally says goodbye. Hunter refuses to give up on Loren, however, and persuades her to stay with him. Torn between a life of luxury with Sanders (who finally proposes to her) and a life of true love with Hunter, she agrees to stay with the latter. What starts out with the promise of a real relationship soon falls apart at the seams when Loren is confronted with the supposedly difficult choice. Very little rings true in the picture except for the Nichols character--an insecure and promiscuous young woman--who unfortunately isn't given enough screen time. This was supposed to be the film that turned Loren into a big American success, but then again the same was said about THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION; BOY ON A DOLPHIN; LEGEND OF THE LOST (all 1957); and HOUSEBOAT (1958). Loren did get some good reviews of her acting, which certainly outshone that of her costar, Hunter. Director Lumet made an effort to reduce the gloss that is usually associated with Loren's films by shooting on location in New York City, but after numerous disagreements with Ponti and a nasty editing job in Hollywood, THAT KIND OF WOMAN emerged with the same kind of artificial shallowness that mars many of Loren's pictures. leave a comment

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