Summer and Smoke
First screened in July 2006
Director: Peter Glenville. Cast: Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey, Rita Moreno, Pamela Tiffin, Malcolm Atterbury, Una Merkel, John McIntire, Thomas Gomez, Lee Patrick, Earl Holliman, Max Showalter. Screenplay: James Poe and Meade Roberts (based on the play by Tennessee Williams).

Twitter Capsule: An actress who slathers on too much and an actor nearly impossible to like. Bad fit for the story, or each other.

VOR:   Only die-hard fans of Williams or Page need bother, and even they won't see their heroes on good form. Even Moreno makes an atypically slight impression. Awards inexplicable.

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Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: D+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Geraldine Page
Best Supporting Actress: Una Merkel
Best Art Direction: Hal Pereira and Walter H. Tyler; Sam Comer and Arthur Krams
Best Original Score (Drama/Comedy): Elmer Bernstein

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress (Drama): Geraldine Page
Most Promising Newcomer (Female): Pamela Tiffin
Best Original Score: Elmer Bernstein

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