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Island In The Sun
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Four different love affairs simultaneously wreak havoc in the lives of the inhabitants of a tropical paradise. A wealthy plantation owner plots murder when he suspects his wife of having an adulterous relationship. At the same time, his sister-in-law is drawn to his enemy, a dedicated black labor leader, and a governor's aide is torn over his scandalous affair with a native woman. Darling and exquisitely filmed on location, this rich romantic story with it's focus on race, passion and politics, was one of the most talked about films of its day.
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Great cast, fine acting, super location, excellent plot, good story, just sorely lacking any romance of any kind.
The film follows the lives of multiple characters of different races: white, black, and mixed. Maxwell Fleury (James Mason), a hot-tempered plantation owner, is married to the younger and seemingly disloyal Sylvia (Patricia Owens). His sister, Jocelyn (Joan Collins), sparks interest in a Oxford-bound Euan Templeton (Stephen Boyd), while his parents (Diana Wynyard and Basil Sydney) are hiding a deep family secret. David Boyeur (Harry Belafonte), an ambitious black labor leader, falls for Mavis Norman (Joan Fontaine), a rich white woman. Meanwhile, governor's aide Dennis Archer (John Justin) romances the beautiful Indian shop girl, Margot Seaton (Dorothy Dandridge). The main drive of melodrama is the rocky marriage of Maxwell and Sylvia, and Maxwell's suspecting his wife of having an affair with the older Hilary Carson (Michael Rennie), a war hero. The drama surrounding Hilary's death and the subsequent trail and suspense is very entertaining.
Island in the Sun often generates negative reviews, but it is, contrary to myth, an exceptional motion picture. It is perhaps one of the best film adaptations of a novel ever produced for the film screen. It is far more entertaining than the majority of the so-called "Classics" and is worthy for viewing multiple times. The bright and beautiful scenery coped with the strong performances makes this film a definite pleasure to watch.