Sunday, November 11, 2007

Reactions to Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind
~ Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood ~
~ William Wordsworth ~
  • Consequences of sexual repression affect both the female and male protagonist. A rarity amongst coming of age stories.
  • I was both enraptured by the story but put off by the soundtrack. Violins screeching the same sentimental notes over and over again was too much.
  • The title of the movie means something to the story and its characters. The fact that it comes from a line written by a well-known Romantic poet gives it even more credence.
  • I could not have seen this same story taking place in a city. There is something about rural open space, small communities and isolation that exaggerates the human condition.
  • A tolerable, even enjoyable Natalie Wood. That says a lot for me, I'm not a fan.

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