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Thursday, December 22, 2016
Carol Reed | A Kid for Two Farthings
the magical unicorn
by Douglas Messserli
Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay, based on his novel), Carol Reed (director) A Kid for Two Farthings /
Even if Carol Reed’s 1955 film A Kid for Two Farthings is, at moments a bit too sentimental, it is nonetheless a great lost film—at least for Americans. In Britain, even if it was a highly criticized film, it was one of the 10 most popular movies of the year of its release. In the US it is hardly remembered.
Meanwhile, the lovely goat/unicorn seems to produce other wonders, actually conjuring up a real Patent Pants Presser for the elderly Kandinsky and other wonders. Perhaps this miracle unicorn is actually a wonder; but clearly it is Joe’s own belief in the world which accomplishes such amazing changes. Kandinsky makes a deal with Sonia that, if he wins the match, he will make him partner in his business if the fiancée is willing to give up her dream of a diamond ring and a new bedset she’s purchased on time; and, of course, against all odds, Joe wins the wrestling match with the Python, and she is perfectly ready to make the new commitment, which brings the eletric pant presser to his door.
Los Angles, December 21, 2016