THE RECKLESS MOMENT
DIRECTOR: MAX OPHÜLS
CAST: JAMES MASON, JOAN BENNETT, GERALDINE BROOKS
When Joan Bennett’s posh California housewife takes it upon herself to cover up a crime committed by her daughter, she finds herself involuntarily involved with James Mason’s unscrupulous Irish criminal—and unwelcome emotions begin to develop between them that make mere blackmail look like child’s play. While twining together aspects of noir and melodrama, Ophüls creates an emotional experience entirely, inimitably his own.