The Postman Always rings Twice 1946
"The Postman Always Rings Twice," a 1946 film, is the focus of this analysis. The film is based on James M. Cain's 1934 novel. Cain was a master of sarcasm and unexpected twists, which are abundant in "The Postman Always Rings Twice" novel. In this adaptation of the novel, Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames, and Audrey Totter star. George Bassman and Erich Zeisl composed the musical composition. Tay Garnett was the director of the film (Desser 631). The novel had already been adapted twice by the time Tay Garnett got his hands on it. The novel was adapted into films in 1939 as "The Last Turning" in French and 1943 as "Obsession" in Italian. The first under the novel's original title and the first in English was "The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946." The film's genres were crime novel, psychological thriller, and noir. During the Great Depression, the film is set in Southern California.
The word "postman," according to James M Cain, was not meant to be understood literally. Rather, the term alludes to fate or justice finally catching up with a criminal, even if they were not punished at the time of the offense (Fine 40). Frank Chambers, the protagonist of Cain's tale, assists his girlfriend Cora in murdering her husband, but both go free owing to legal maneuvers and double-crossing. Cora is subsequently murdered in a vehicle accident, and the driver, Frank, is wrongfully convicted of murder and condemned to death. The "postman," whose first ring was missed, has "rang" once again, and everyone hears his second ring. Frank gives a long and clumsy final speech to his captors in the 1946 film adaptation, explaining the significance of the title. Within the framework of the picture, this monologue verifies what the audience has already noticed: Garnett builds tension by creating a precedent of duplicates and then withholding the second ring. Cain's novel does not present this moralistic justification.
Cora is a revolutionary figure, and both Turner and director Tay Garnett are well aware of it, given the environment of the moment and, much more so, the years during which the film was stalled. In most films, villainy was still color coded at the time, yet Cora dresses in white. Any respectable woman's collection might include one of her basic gowns. What she does with them is extraordinary. Turner's best performance is one of the few that fully showcases her acting abilities. Garfield had trouble keeping up, but he gives Frank enough of a vicious edge that the spectator becomes aware that he, too, is dangerous in his own way, maybe even to her. His bitterness as their relationship deteriorates some of the film's darkest moments. At the same time, her tenderness adds a soft touch to love sequences that both performers make genuine, even when it's difficult to conceive how the characters can endure each other.
Turner is a delectably devious femme fatale who alternates between deliberate and haphazard behavior; it's never a leap to believe she might persuade someone to break the law. Anyone may be corrupted by love or the appearance of love, especially when Turner is the object of the feeling. Frank ca