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Sylvia

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Sylvia

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
110 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/17/03
performer:
Daniel Craig, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amira Casar
director:
Christine Jeffs
distributor:
Focus Features
author:
68092
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Writing well is the best revenge. When the prolific Howard Fast was blacklisted in the ’50s, he got even by publishing this skillful suspense novel under the pseudonym E.V. Cunningham. The hero is a private investigator paid to spy on a beautiful, mysterious young woman. He hates himself for doing it. Between the lines of Sylvia we read Fast’s contempt for ’50s political snooping and witch-hunts. The lines themselves add up to a mildly diverting pastiche of Raymond Chandler, but with a didactic happy ending that gives the roman noir a moral twist. B

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