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One cannot image saying this out loud, but if Vanessa Redgrave's Amelia were to fight John Wayne or even Clint Eastwood, my hard-earned dollars would have to go to Redgrave.Read more ›
Having said that, I thought that this film intrepreted the characters and situations pretty much as the author intended. There are a few points where the film differs, but it IS a film, not a reprint of the book. In particular there is a scene where a country preacher delivers an abstract discourse on love that in the book is given by the narrator as a commentary on the action. However, as the movie is shot without a voiceover narration, this needed to be worked into the dialogue in some fashion. I thought it was a bit awkward, but that's a quibble. Generally I thought the acting was right on the mark, capturing the eccentricities of the characters without making them characatures of Southern types. Visually, I was impressed by how much veracity was achieved in creating the dusty,run-down yet oddly vital look of that time and place. It's much as I remember it from my own childhood - perhaps that explains my discomfort with the book:).
I do recommend this film if you have read and liked the book, or if you want an easy introduction to the world of McCullers' fiction. On the other hand, many viewers may find the pace too slow and the first part really obscure unless they already know something about the characters.
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Dark and depressing and violent and realistic and southern gothic and I loved it. But I can't guarantee that you will.Published 11 months ago by Neal Hoesing
Profound! How sad it is to know that those living an alternative lifestyle struggle with understanding themselves, let alone how others lack the understanding to offer love and... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Jeffery McGirt
Have tried twice to watch this DVD without success. It is so very dark and dismal! Not one to give up so easily, I will try again, perhaps when I am feeling blue myself.Published on August 19, 2011 by S. Keefe
A midget hunchback, an old maid and her criminal husband
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is the setting for this play on the worst in man? Read more