The Long, Hot Summer

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Two short stories and one novel by William Faulkner are haphazardly strung together for a film short on plot but heavy on sexual tension.   is thoroughly irresistible as a suspected barn burner who is run out of his small town and makes his way to a new one. He lands at the southern plantation of a bullish new-money magnate ( looking like a giant Buddha) who gives him a job in his general store. Welles has two children, an ambitious, married son (), and a defiant, schoolteacher daughter () who has no interest in marriage. The old coot gets the idea to set her up with Newman, thus setting both on the straight and narrow and helping maintain his genetic heritage.  has a terrific supporting role as Franciosa’s mint-julip belle wife in a film that never fully affects you with its writing but is such an enjoyable experience for the heat generated by its stars. The locations are all beautifully photographed in widescreen and bright colour, and Woodward and Newman set each frame ablaze with their wonderful chemistry (this was the film on which they met and fell in love).


USA, 1958

Directed by Martin Ritt

Screenplay by ,, based on the stories Barn Burning and The Spotted Horses and the novel The Hamlet by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1958


Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , ,


National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Cannes Film Festival Award
Best Actor (Paul Newman)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Drama

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Martin Ritt)


LongHotSummer

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