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  • n  an artificial and mannered quality

  • He wrote and directed All About Eve, a film to which he pays sly homage here, and he has chosen to accentuate the script's staginess instead of trying to break out of it.
  • Instead, Mephisto, a Hungarian-German coproduction that richly deserved its Oscar as this year's Best Foreign Film, moves with a feverish back-staginess, a rushing, unbalancing .
  • She brings a stiff self-conscious staginess to the third act graveyard sequence, where poignance is what is needed.

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