Fatal Attraction


Fatal Attraction

Years hence, it will be possible to pinpoint the exact moment that produced ”Fatal Attraction,” Adrian Lyne’s new romantic thriller, and the precise circumstances that made it a hit. It arrived at the tail end of the having-it-all age, just before the impact of AIDS on movie morality was really felt. At the same time, it was a powerful cautionary tale. And it played skillfully upon a growing societal emphasis on marriage and family, shrewdly offering something for everyone: the desperation of an unmarried career woman, the recklessness of a supposedly satisfied husband, the worries of a betrayed wife. What’s more, it was made with the slick, seductive professionalism that was a hallmark of the day.

”Fatal Attraction,” which opens today at the Paramount and other theaters, is a thoroughly conventional thriller at heart, but its heart is not what will attract notice. As directed by Mr. Lyne, who also made ”9 1/2 Weeks” and ”Flashdance,” it has an ingeniously teasing style that overrules substance at every turn. Mr. Lyne, who displays a lot more range this time, takes a brilliantly manipulative approach to what might have been a humdrum subject and shapes a soap opera of exceptional power. Most of that power comes directly from visual imagery, for Mr. Lyne is well versed in making anything -- a person, a room, a pile of dishes in a kitchen sink -- seem tactile, rich and sexy.

— Janet Maslin, The New York Times


Fatal Attraction

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  1. Truls Foss sier:

    TVNorge-filmens mesterverk!

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