Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Most recently screened in August 2006
Director: Richard Brooks. Cast: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Ed Begley, Shirley Knight, Mildred Dunnock, Madeleine Sherwood, Philip Abbott, Rip Torn, Corey Allen, Barry Cahill, Dub Taylor. Screenplay: Richard Brooks (based on the play by Tennessee Williams).

Twitter Capsule: Page finds a new species of extravagance. Newman was rarely sexier. Flawed, and not quite the play, but tasty.

VOR:   Folks who go in for this sort of extravagant, kitsch-adjacent, but emotionally serious melodrama will mostly enjoy this. But outside its niche market, this is sorta negligible.



Photo © 1962 Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. B


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress: Geraldine Page
Best Supporting Actress: Shirley Knight
Best Supporting Actor: Ed Begley

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress (Drama): Geraldine Page
Best Actor (Drama): Paul Newman
Best Supporting Actress: Shirley Knight
Best Supporting Actor: Ed Begley

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