Sunday, June 29, 2008

Fire in "River of No Return"

In "River of No Return" Otto Preminger uses another dissolve as a foreshadowing device.   By this point in the film there has been nothing but animosity between the two leads.

After a brief dip in the rapids, Marilyn Monroe must be relieved of her wet clothes and wrapped in a blanket.  Robert Mitchum aids circulation in her calves.

The intimacy of the moment sets something stirring between them.  Something hot.

Monroe's come-hither gaze, Mitchum's tender (actually rather claw-like) caress: the flames of passion are fully ignited.

Unmistakably a fire.

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