Desire Under the Elms
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Eugene O'Neill occupies the same place in American Literature as a playwright as, say, Sophocles did for the Greeks. While Sophocles told of great and heroic characters who fall from grace with the gods, O'Neill focuses on anyone from the average American to the celebrity (I suppose in our screwed up world that's what passes for a "heroic" figure now). O'Neill's best plays ("The Iceman Cometh" and "Long Day's Journey into Night") tend to focus on the everyman and his or her struggles with temptation and how they seek their redemption. While "Desire Under the Elms" isn't O'Neill's best work, it still resonates with a number of difficult and forbidden themes. It's O'Neill's version of "Oedipus" but with characters that for all their heroic qualities, are flawed and simple human beings.
That said this is a so-so film adaptation of O'Neill's play. The fault lies in making the film a "star" vehicle more than anything else. The script compromises the integrity of O'Neill's original play and the direction, although imaginative at times just doesn't bring the drama to life. Mann's opens up the play a bit but some of the sequences still have a static quality to them.Read more ›
"Say it Eban! Everything here is mine and some day I'll take it!" -
"Your Farm! You mean MY FARM!"
There is good support cast too. "So this is our new Ma huh?(refering to Sophia Loren) Why don't you put her in the pen with the other sows?"
The don't make movies like this anymore - Classic! Get it now while you can! The Transfer is very good. Its not perfect but as far I'm conserned it is a perfect release for this era of picture. Good clear picture (B&W,mono ect) and you can hear it fine. Not much for extra features but price is good. It is the first time I've seen it Widescreen. Bravo for Paramount.
This demolishing story of strong erotic burden for those days, find in this superb adaptation of Eugene O' Neil a fabulous picture around the dilemma of a young woman who will get marry induced for the greed and ambition who finally falls in love with the youngest son of his husband.
The film is for these times definitively dated. However the notorious greatness of the cast composed by Burl Ives, Anthony Perkins and the young Italian promise, the captivating beauty of Sophia Loren still maintains its power to involve and bewitch us.
With all these pieces in motion I recommend you. One of the most mature and remarkable films of 1958.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty solid film in the opinion of a new Anthony Perkins fan. As a young film fan, I appreciated some of the twists since I wasn't familiar with the story or too terribly... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bridget
This is a dramatic story taken from an Eugene O'Neill play. The movie is more than 50 years old. I enjoyed seeing Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very strange, sad film, awash in unhappiness. The most appealing aspect of the production for me was its somber, dark cinematic style that lends an ethereal moodiness to its... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David W. Hensley
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