Desire Under The Elms (1958)

DELBERT MANN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1958.   Don Hartman Productions.   Screenplay by , based on the play by .   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by , .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .    Academy Awards 1958.  Cannes Film Festival 1958.  

Boring adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s play features an early English-speaking performance by Sophia Loren.  Anthony Perkins plays a farmboy whose widowed father () brings home a foreign woman (Loren) as his new wife. Perkins is angry about the situation, then finds himself at a moral crossroads when he develops true feelings for her and she returns them. Not nearly passionate enough, and certainly too stagy a film treatment, the tedium of this film is further compounded by Loren’s still-poor English preventing her giving the good performance she was capable of.

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