Gene Hackman plays a widowed college professor in New York wanting to get out from under the thumb of his aging father yet guilty about his plans to abandon him when he remarries and moves to California. Both leads were Oscar-nominated, as was the screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on his own stageplay.
This pioneering colour film is an engaging old-fashioned Western tale of loyalty, family and romance set against an age-old feud between two Kentucky families. Tensions boil over with the prospect of a railroad being built through their respective lands. In fact, the fifth filmed adaptation of the popular…
Faithful and masterful adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play about family life, love and losers drinking and tearing each other apart in leafy New England over a fateful summer's day in 1912. Hepburn was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Music score by André Previn.
A cautionary fable of romantic treachery set in the since-vanished vaudeville world, lent depth through its sophisticated visual style. Emil Jannings (BLUE ANGEL), once hailed as the greatest actor in the world, simmers with hurt pride as an ageing acrobat whose mistress falls for their fellow trapeze artist.
Following up CITIZEN KANE, Orson Welles again drew a bead on the American rich, chronicling the dynastic squabbles of a turn-of-the-century Mid-Western family. While Welles was forced to shorten the film drastically, it remains one of his more subtle masterpieces.