Sea Of Grass, The (DVD)
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Brewton's cattle empire includes a million acres of grazing land. Lutie marries him and they have a daughter Sara. Lutie goes alone to Denver where she and lawyer Chamberlain conceive a son Brock whom Jim later accepts with resignation. Long afterward Brock is killed by a posse and Susie brings Lutie and Jim together once more.
It's no surprise that Elia Kazan directed the oddly political Sea of Grass, the story of a man (Spencer Tracy) who reveres the grass plains and thinks they are no place for homesteaders and farmers. His wife (Katharine Hepburn) disagrees, however, and the two find themselves at odds. But putting politics aside, this is a melodrama with a capital "M," so throw in some adultery, an out-of-wedlock baby, and Hepburn speaking even more breathlessly than usual, and you might find yourself giggling at some of the more dramatic moments. Even more out of place, Strangers on a Train star Robert Walker plays Hepburn and Tracy's grown son, who cares more about cards and drinking than the land. There are sweet moments in this film, but the politics of the land is ultimately more compelling than the relationships. --Paige Newman
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : WHV1000184243DVD
- Director : Elia Kazan
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 3 minutes
- Release date : April 12, 2011
- Actors : Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Walker, Melvyn Douglas, Phyllis Thaxter
- Producers : Pandro S. Berman
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B004K4FUMK
- Writers : Marguerite Roberts
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #76,662 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Lutie Cameron (Hepburn) is a St. Louis belle who comes to New Mexico to wed cattle baron Colonel James B. Brewton (Tracy). The problem, of course, is that the Colonel loves the endless "sea of grass" of his domain that his cattle roam much more than he loves his wife. Lutie is also horrified by the way the cattlemen treat the farmers, which costs her the only female friend she has, Selina Hall (Ruth Nelson). To get back at her husband, Lutie has has an affair with Brice Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas), the lawyer who is the Colonel's mortal enemy. The scandal tears the Brewton marriage apart and Lutie leaves, although her illegitimate son, Brock (Robert Walker, who would go from playing Hepburn's son to being her lover in their next film together, "Song of Love") and her daughter Sara Beth (Phyllis Thaxter) stay behind on the ranch. In the end, personal tragedy forces Lutie and the Colonel to reconcile and this 2-hour-plus movie is finally over.
Despite having two of the most respected actors of all time in the leading roles "The Sea of Grass" was probably doomed as soon as Kazan was hired to direct. Kazan's introspective, psychological, Actor's Studio approach to acting is personified in cinematic history by Marlon Brando, whose performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" is arguably the greatest acting job ever. But while Brando represents one great acting tradition of the 20th century, but so does Laurence Olivier's classical tradition and the naturalistic, instinctive style epitomized by Spencer Tracy. Given their diametrically opposed approaches, the director and his star might as well have been speaking different languages. The result, is that Tracy, one of the greatest actors every, pretty much sleepwalks through this entire movie.
Add to this the fact that Tracy's character is rather unsympathetic from start to finish. He gives orders without explanation, expecting obedience whether any one agrees with him or not, a philosophy that applies to his family and hired hands alike Richter's novel could fill in the gaps as to what Brewton is really thinking, but there is nothing comparable in the script by Marguerite Roberts and Vincent Lawrence. Chamberlain is hardly a better alternative for Lutie, whose adultery might be understandably but is hardly commendable, especially by the standards of post-War America. It is rather surprising that Lutie, only a step above being a mail-order bride, has the gumption to stand up to her husband, even if it means going behind his back. There was more chemistry between Tracy and Hepburn in "Keeper of the Flame" when her character was in mourning for her dead husband. No wonder Edgar Buchanan, who plays Jeff, the cook on the Brewton ranch, keeps stealing scenes from the two stars.
"The Seas of Grass" comes down to how big of a train wreck there will be at the end of the film as the head strong Brock Brewton takes the worst traits of the man he thinks is his father and adds them to pretty cruel mean streak. There is a potential Greek tragedy buried here, but once Lutie leaves the ranch there is no sympathetic figure remaining to cause us to care. Adding insult to injury, the sea of grass of the title exists entirely in terms of rear screen projections behind the cast. No wonder there seems to be something inherently false about the story and the performances. Still worth watching because Tracy and Hepburn are in it, but his rather empty performance is quite disconcerting. The dynamic of most Tracy & Hepburn films is the battle of the sexes. Usually one of them wins, but this time the verdict has to be that he loses.
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fortunatamente il doppiaggio è quello originario,con le due voci"storiche"della coppia : wanda tettoni per katharine Hepburn e Gaetano verna per spencer tracy ; adoro la voce della tettoni anche se personalmente ho sempre trovato che non fosse molto adatta per la Hepburn ( per lei avrei scelto lidia simoneschi ) mentre quella di verna per tracy era perfetta.
l'acquisto è assolutamente consigliato !
i sottotitoli sono in italiano.