Monday, May 23, 2011

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Wilma Dean Loomis loves her boyfriend Bud Stamper very much and wants to do the right thing, but she is so overwhelmed by her passionate feelings for him. Between peer pressure and her overbearing mother it's hard for her to not give into temptation. Bud has his own pressures to deal with as well; from resisting to being with Deanie, to his demanding father who wants him to go to Yale, even though Bud would rather be a farmer, and his sister Ginny who is gossiped about for being an easy, out of control girl. Natalie Wood gives one of her best performances; both heartbreaking and sensitive. Warren Beatty's screen debut, and directed by the great Elia Kazan. The title refers from a line of the William Wordsworth poem "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" Starring Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden, Zohra Lampert 9/10

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