The Snake Pit 06/01/19

Powerhouse Indicator
Region B Blu-ray

Hollywood takes a hard look at the mundane horrors of mental asylums, and Olivia de Havilland scores another career high with her portrayal of a housewife experiencing a nervous breakdown. Some people found the show scary and a few felt it was tasteless, but Ms. de Havilland’s performance is riveting, 71 years later. Anatole Litvak’s intense direction makes good use of expressionistic visual devices, without veering into dippy Salvador Dalí psycho-surrealism. With Leo Genn, Mark Stevens, Celeste Holm and scores of impressive character actresses. On Region B Blu-ray from Powerhouse Indicator.