First screened in April 2006
Director: Vincent J. Donehue. Cast: Montgomery Clift, Robert Ryan, Dolores Hart, Myrna Loy, Jackie Coogan, Mike Kellin, Maureen Stapleton, Frank Maxwell, Onslow Stevens, Frank Overton, John Gallaudet, JB Welch, Jack Black, Mary Ann Hokanson. Screenplay: Dore Schary (based on the novella by Nathanael West and its theatrical adaptation by Howard Teichmann). Twitter Capsule:
Not Nathanael West. Hard to say what it is, but at least it intrigues. Ryan and Stapleton make strongest impressions.
The novella's cultural weight and its formal and thematic richness simultaneously lend this movie some vicarious glory and totally overshadow it. Interesting but hardly essential.