My Reputation

My Reputation

DVD - 2007
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After the recent death of her husband, Jessica is lonely and out of sorts. She meets two men who are very different. As Jessica debates the merits of passion vs. security, she becomes the subject of mean-spirited gossipmongers.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2007
ISBN: 9781419851155
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372 MY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 05, 2014

With her two sons away at boarding school newly widowed socialite Jessica Drummond (I can’t get enough of Barbara Stanwyck!) finds herself with too much time on her hands and not enough passion in her life. Her yearning for romance however is tempered by the demands of her social status; on the one hand if she so much as looks at the wrong man her so-called friends will descend on her like a pack of gossiping vultures, and on the other hand her domineering shrew of a mother expects her to follow in her own footsteps and spend the rest of her life celibate and dressed in black. But during an impromptu trip to Lake Tahoe with her best friend Ginna (Eve Arden, always the BFF) Jessica literally crosses paths with the dashing yet droll-humoured army major Scott Landis (George Brent just starting to go to seed) and suddenly love is in the air even as tongues begin to wag. With everyone casting their opinions and an increasing sense of hypocrisy (the husband of Jess’ biggest critic is also making passes at her) Jessica soon finds herself at a most crucial crossroads. Will she finally grow a pair and tell the world to suck it…or will she succumb to all those disapproving stares and snippy comments thus destroying her last chance for happiness? A magnificently over-the-top wartime chick flick with evocative B&W images of domestic bliss and snow-covered pines set to a million weeping violins. Stanwyck, as usual, proves to be the pivotal focus on which the story turns, her sheer movie star presence anchoring some of its more melodramatic excesses while her gorgeously framed face sets the tone for every scene. Her character’s desperate dilemma may seem trivial by today’s standards, but that doesn’t lessen the power of her performance. They can’t make them like this anymore.

Jul 05, 2011

Like a Douglas Sirk film without the fancy pretentions and decor. A small-town widow tries to -- raise your eyebrows here -- date a man. What is she thinking? She has...children! Stanwyck adds some spice, but surely this is Joan Fontaine's role. Or Loretta Young's? I always say you can't go wrong with a Barbara Stanwyck film, but this comes pretty close.

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