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Mourning Becomes Electra
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Anyhow her casting in MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA was an inspiration that could have been good, but somehow, the movie got away from the makers. It wasn't just putting Russell into it--though some believe that casting JANE RUSSELL as Lavinia might have made more sense--it was that every last part was filled with some cockamamie choice. The casting director must have been on drugs. And yet, that is part of what makes this 1947 movie such a gem.
By the way, Lucille Ball is said to have lobbied heavily to land the role of Lavinia, in a production which would have co-starred Jane Darwell as Christine. But who did they get for Christine?
Katina Paxinou--the revered Greek actress who had made a sensation playing a Spanish peasant in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS. Audiences just barely made out what she was saying in BELL TOLLS. Here she plays Rosalind Russell's mother, a New England aristocrat.Read more ›
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I am wondering why this very, very old dvd (just one) is so so expensive! Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org explaining whyl.Published on June 22, 2014 by Dianne J. Lanier
I just finished reading Eugene O'Neill's electrafying play so I was eager to see it brought to life on screen. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Samuel Augustus Jennings
Rosalind Russell chews the scenery to shreds here. She was Oscar nominated for this performance and expected to win in 1947. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by a viewer
This is one of my favorite movies,it has a great story line and good acting. I highly recommend this movie.Published on November 3, 2009 by Cleo
remember when tv guide listed movies as horror, comedy, drama? this movie would be listed as etrememe melodrama roz russel and katina paxinou overact to point as comical i... Read morePublished on January 28, 2009 by Mitchell H. Bryant
Eugene O'Neill was, arguably, America's greatest playwright and, although plays like THE ICEMAN COMMETH and LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT are probably better known to today's... Read morePublished on October 10, 2008 by Michael B. Druxman
The script reduces the stage original by approximately two-thirds. The cinematography is clunky and the production values are weak. Read morePublished on November 8, 2007 by Gary F. Taylor
Dudley Nichols's widely panned adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's ambitious three-part tragedy starts off on shaky footing, frontloaded with stagy exposition, but I think it settles... Read morePublished on March 13, 2007 by Brian