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Witness For The Prosecution de Billy Wilder
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Witness For The Prosecution (edició 2008)

de Billy Wilder (Director)

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A man is accused of murdering his wealthy woman friend in order to secure his inheritance. The defendant's mysterious wife stuns the courtroom by giving damaging testimony against her husband. The web of intrigue is finally unwoven in a shocking, chilling conclusion.
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Witness for the Prosecution [1957 film] de Billy Wilder (Director)

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Laughton steals the show as a barrister just out of the hospital after a heart attack who takes on the case of Power, who is accused of killing an older woman who has left him 80,000 pounds in her will. The case turns on the testimony of Power's German wife played by Marlene Dietrich. While Power, who is clearly not British, seems very out of place, the rest of the cast excels in a very well-written script that perhaps has one twist too many, but is still quite effective, engrossing, and amusing. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 24, 2021 |
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Charles Laughton – Sir Wilfrid Roberts

Tyrone Power – Leonard Vole
Marlene Dietrich – Christine
Elsa Lanchester – Miss Plimsoll
John Williams – Brogan-Moore
Henry Daniell – Mayhew
Ian Wolfe – Carter
Torin Thatcher – Mr Myers
Norma Varden – Mrs Emily Jane French
Una O’Connor – Janet MacKenzie

Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz and Larry Marcus, based on the play (1953) by Agatha Christie
Directed by Billy Wilder

Black and white. 116 min.

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Courtroom dramas were hot in the late 1950s and early 1960s, that’s for sure! Half of the “top ten” selected by the AFI belong to that period. This one, I’m sorry to say, didn’t live up to its fame. It’s not a drama at all, nor is it a film noir. It is a low comedy outside the courtroom and a hysterical farce inside. There is one and only one great thing about that movie and this is Charles Laughton. Not for a moment does he take it seriously, and he delivers a bravura performance that is nothing short of breathtaking. Power and Dietrich try to keep up and so does Lanchester. Nothing doing. Laughton wipes them off the screen. Truly magnificent actor, quite unhampered by physical attractiveness. But even Charles Laughton cannot make a great movie out of a clever but entirely superficial script. Much has been made of the ending; cast, crew and test audiences were sworn not to reveal it and so on and so forth. Well, it’s a typical Dame Agatha ending: three twists in ten minutes, one more convenient than the other, all of them tremendously implausible, if not indeed nonsensical. No matter. No ending could have saved the movie anyway. Compared to Billy Wilder’s best work, which covers the whole range from classic film noir (Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd.) to high comedy (The Apartment, Sabrina) and pure farce (Some Like It Hot), this lame and humdrum piece of courtroom silliness may as well not exist at all. Sorry, Billy, but this one just doesn’t cut it. Three stars for Charles Laughton and Charles Laughton alone. ( )
  Waldstein | Jun 1, 2020 |
A man's wife testifies against him at his murder trial.

Very entertaining, especially Laughton's performance. I think snarky wit is the foundation of the English legal process. I never would have seen the ending coming even if I'd had reason to expect a twist - but I didn't have reason, because it still would have been a good movie without the twist. ( )
1 vota comfypants | Feb 18, 2016 |
(Witness for the Prosecution, Usa 1957 b/n, 114') Billy Wilder. Con Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor. * Un famoso avvocato (Laughton), malandato di salute accetta di difendere un uomo accusato di omicidio, (Power) nonostante la moglie dell'accusato (Dietrich) non voglia confermare l'alibi del marito. L'avvocato riuscirà a dimostrare che la donna ha dichiarato il falso e fa assolvere il cliente, salvo poi scoprire che la falsa testimonianza faceva parte di un piano architettato dalla donna ...Dall'omonimo dramma di Agata Christie , sceneggaiato da Wilder e da Harry Kurnitz, uno straordinario giallo che interrompe la serie di commedie realizzate dal regista negli anna Cinquanta senza però discostarsi dalle tematiche a lui care. Dove la commedia si basa sull'equivoco e il travestimento, il giallo giudiziario alla Wilder si fonda sull'inganno e sulla maschera, l'intelligenza dell'avvocato -detective non arriva a scoprire la menzogna e, nel momento in cui questa viene disvelata, non può ristabilire la verità, ma solo constatare il suo definitivo occultamento. Un meccanismo narrativo del tutto consono al regista, che in seguito si confronterà con un'altra indagine raziocinante votata al fallimento in la vita privata di Scherlock Holmes. Insostituibile la Dietrich , che al solo apparire è un concentrato di suggestioni noir e mèlo davvero esplosivo, indimenticabile Charles Laughton che tiranneggia la sua infermiera e sorprendentemente all'altezza Tyrone Power. La scenografia è di Alexandre trauner. Secondo la Christie, Testimone d'accusa è il miglior adattamento che sia mai stato fatto di un suo testo. ( )
  videotecadsu | Nov 30, 2015 |
Aquesta ressenya ja no es mostra perquè diversos usuaris l'han marcada com a abús de les Condicions d'ús (mostra-la).
  shelldvds | Aug 25, 2007 |
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Wilder, BillyDirectorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Christie, Agathaautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kurnitz, HarryScreenplayautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Daniell, HenryActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Dietrich, MarleneActressautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Farnum, FranklynActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gold, Ernestautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Haines, RobertActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Kenny, ColinActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lanchester, ElsaActressautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Laughton, CharlesActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lee, RutaActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Power, TyroneActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Williams, JohnActorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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