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Summer and Smoke

Laurence Harvey , Geraldine Page , Peter Glenville    Unrated   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey, Rita Moreno, Una Merkel. Tennessee Williams' absorbing story of a young woman whose childhood obsession with her next door neighbor intensifies when he returns home as a doctor and has eyes for the sultry daughter of a casino owner. 1962/color/118 min/NR/widescreen.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Summer and Smoke Jan. 7 2011
Format:DVD
This movie had a lot of potential, but it was a little too long and it fizzled out in the last quarter or so of the movie. The way it ended could be set up for a sequel but there is nothing to follow this. I am still waiting for the ending. If you like movies to end happily ever after or you want to see it all tied up in a bow (so to say) this movie will disappoint. Both main characters went through life changing transformations that I think were not developed and portrayed very well. The ending did not relate to the flow of the movie at all!!...In my opinion some writer or director should rewrite the last half of the movie and you would have a winner.
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I've been a huge fan of Geraldine Page for years as well as of Tennessee Williams' plays. Why does the DVD boxed set of Tennessee Williams' plays-on-film not contain "Summer and Smoke" (showcasing yet another brilliant powerhouse performance by the incomparable Geraldine Page)? (At least a couple of buried treasures are included in the boxed set: "Baby Doll" and "Night of the Iguana".) Guess, I'll keep waiting ...

p.s. Finally!! Four and a half years after I wrote this review, this film containing the remarkable performance by the amazing late Geraldine Page is now on DVD !! Thank you to whomever !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page: Shatteringly brilliant Feb. 9 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
Thank God for the wonders of Ms. Geraldine Page. If it weren't for her, I doubt that the film would have the same effect. A tragedy unfolds and Ms. Page gives us all emotional aspects of the character she portrays. It is hard to believe that she is not Alma (the character she plays) because her sense of reality in the film is so strong. A lesson for all actors -- she has obviously done her homework -- she is concentrated and resonates with that human pain that exists within all of us. I sorely miss her. I remember seeing this film as a child in the theater and young as I was, I knew I was watching someone extraordinary. We would have sorely lost out without her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Summer Viewing Tradition June 13 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I cannot get through a summer without seeing this fine film. For me,it captures the sad brevity of summer and the classic melancholy of Tennessee Williams. Paige's performance is a treasure; Harvey's equally memorable. Bernstein's score frames the story perfectly. This movie is an underrated masterpiece. Why it has not been released on DVD is, indeed, baffling to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More brilliance from my darling Geraldine March 29 2003
Format:VHS Tape
OK...OK...here I go again on the peerless Miss Page...this one will be quite succinct...
SHE IS MAGNIFICENT! RENT IT! BUY IT! DON'T MISS IT!
...where is the DVD?
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The finest actress ever to live, Geraldine Page recreates her broadway role as the spinster Alma, who lives with her parents to care for her ill mother{Una Merkel, in a brilliant performance]. She has fallen in love with the boy next door, John Buchanan [Laurence Harvey]. When John returns after being away she tries to win his love, but he falls in love with the town vamp [Rita Moreno]. Alma tries to be everything that John wants and in the end they both get swallowed up in each others desires. Geraldine Page was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for her performance and should have won. If for nothing else one should see this film to see a real actress at work.
4 1961 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS:
BEST ACTRESS-GERALDINE PAGE
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS-UNA MERKEL
BEST ART DIRECTION[COLOR]
BEST SCORE
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5.0 out of 5 stars GERALDINE PAGE, most unappreciated... Feb. 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
There are a lot of things you can say about this film, but foremost must be the performance of Geraldine Page, perhaps the finest female performance ever captured on film. Her use of her hands, a glance...every nuance imaginable has not been matched (a close second: Giulietta Massina). Alma is a lot more complicated than most realize, a repressed rage, hopeless love, culminating in a dependance on drugs (not brought out so much in the film); "those little white tablets...ever so merciful..." After an Oscar nomination in 1953 for "Hondo", Page was subjected to ugliness by the McCarthy nonsense, and "S&S" was only her second film. English director Peter Glenville, famous for attention to detail ("Becket"), worked with fellow Brit, Laurence Harvey (a southerner by association since he played Travis in "The Alamo"), and it was actually a fine group of talent. Tennessee Williams always thought this was his best play; he re-wrote it as "Eccenticities of a Nightingale", but the new idea, though admired, never survived. It made more reference to Alma's addiction, and also referred to all 4 women as caged birds, escaping in different directions. I applaud anyone who takes the time to soak in all the nuance that Williams has to offer, the mood and delivery of Glenville, and the unflinching perfection of Page's performance. Taking this all at once is quite overwhelming. I can't wait for a DVD with a wide Panavision version. It's long overdue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GERALDINE PAGE, most unappreciated... Feb. 14 2002
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There are a lot of things you can say about this film, but foremost must be the performance of Geraldine Page, perhaps the finest female performance ever captured on film. Her use of her hands, a glance...every nuance imaginable has not been matched (a close second: Giulietta Massina). Alma is a lot more complicated than most realize, a repressed rage, hopeless love, culminating in a dependance on drugs (not brought out so much in the film); "those little white tablets...ever so merciful..." After an Oscar nomination in 1953 for "Hondo", Page was subjected to ugliness by the McCarthy nonsense, and "S&S" was only her second film. English director Peter Glenville, famous for attention to detail ("Becket"), worked with fellow Brit, Laurence Harvey (a southerner by association since he played Travis in "The Alamo"), and it was actually a fine group of talent. Tennessee Williams always thought this was his best play; he re-wrote it as "Eccenticities of a Nightingale", but the new idea, though admired, never survived. It made more reference to Alma's addiction, and also referred to all 4 women as caged birds, escaping in different directions. I applaud anyone who takes the time to soak in all the nuance that Williams has to offer, the mood and delivery of Glenville, and the unflinching perfection of Page's performance. Taking this all at once is quite overwhelming.
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