Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

SIDNEY LUMET

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1962.  First Company.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1962.  Cannes Film Festival 1962.  Golden Globe Awards 1962National Board Of Review Awards 1962.  

This film adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play is a sobering look into a dysfunctional family. Two boys have grown up with a penny-pinching actor father (Ralph Richardson) and a near-lunatic mother (Katharine Hepburn), and we view the considerable effects it has had on their lives. Jason Robards shines as the older, more put-upon sibling, while Dean Stockwell gives manic energy to the younger, more pent-up brother whose frequent illnesses are a constant issue with the clan. The film features tight direction and moody photography, a very captivating film for something so stagebound (it’s basically filmed like a play on screen).

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