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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

1956 / 107min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALDRICH

CAST: JOAN CRAWFORD, CLIFF ROBERTSON, VERA MILES

While Aldrich is often thought of as exclusively preoccupied with destructive machismo, he had a fascinating sideline working in “women’s pictures.” Autumn Leaves is his first, an undeniably accomplished Gothic melodrama in which Joan Crawford, in one of her finest late roles, stars as a middle-aged typist who gets involved with a younger, newlyreturned war veteran (Cliff Robertson), only to discover that he ain’t exactly who he seems to be. “The quintessential late Hollywood melodrama - lurid, strange and overheated by the torrid winds of incestuous passion.” - Harvard Film Archives