Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1955 • United States
Starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer
Those darn drapes! A redecorating dispute over new window curtains has the staff of a posh psychiatric hospital acting more unhinged than the patients as professional and romantic tensions boil over in this deliriously stylized melodrama from master of the form Vincente Minnelli. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast led by Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame, and a marvelously malevolent Lillian Gish, THE COBWEB carries its hysteria over into the brilliant mise-en-scène through labyrinthine camera work and lavishly stylized art direction bursting with Freudian subtext.