Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You Can't Cheat with an Honest Man

The waves rise and crash against rocks
as sailors leave wives at the docks
And while they're away
the housewives will stray
Like hens that are left with the fox

Barbara Stanwyck has an affair with projectionist Robert Ryan in Clash by Night (Fritz Lang, 1952), where the roiling sea is used as a metaphor for their elemental passion. The film opens with what amounts to a short documentary from fishing to cannery, where Marilyn Monroe works on the assembly line.

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