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long days journey into night
- kevin sellers
As the previous two reviewers illustrate, the people who watch O'Neill are pretty evenly divided into lovers and haters. If you're the former, like me, then you'll put up with the agonizingly long misery fest, the over the top acting, the dearth of humor (although there is some, particularly of the mordant variety) and the expositional dialogue, and focus instead on the sheer beauty of the language, especially in the final act soliloquies by each of the four members of the Tyrone family, and marvel at the playwright's ability to strip away the scabs that cover his family's depression and pain and do so with perception, sympathy and, yes, love. Not easy to do, certainly, and if you're fortunate enough to live in a functional family perhaps you think it's best left undone, but powerful nonetheless. I mean, there has to be a reason why this guy is the only American dramatist to win the Nobel Prize. As for this particular production, it's the only one I've seen, so I can't compare it to others, but it's hard to imagine anyone better than Hepburn, Richardson, Robards, and Stockwell. Yes, Kate does exercise her jaw muscles on the props quite a bit, but I feel this is done deliberately, out of a sense that the shattered and drug addled Mary Tyrone is lost in a dream world and a romanticized past and that such a character would not be subtle and introspective about it, but instead would be theatrical, as befits the wife and mother of actors and poets. As for the three male leads they perfectly embody their characters moods of self pity, weakness, affection, guilt, and rage. And for these wonderful performances director Sidney Lumet, a well known guide of actors, deserves much credit. Give it an A.P.S. Wonderfully lyrical black and white photography by longtime Lumet cinematographer Boris Kaufman.
Too Long A Journey Into Whatever
After two hours, I am wishing Katherine would have OD'ed in the first 15 minutes.
- Hauntess A. Cliche
This is one of very few films in which Katherine Hepburn is believable. The male cast is totally believable. The script makes sense for the time & place , conveying sublime sadness.
Katharine Hepburn's Finest Performance
- David Atkins
Katharine Hepburn worked for scale in this brilliant film shot in New York. Hepburn's Mary Tyrone is her finest performance in a gallery of great performances. Hepburn was nominated along with Bette Davis, Geraldine Page,Lee Remick and Anne Bancroft in a year of truly female remarkable performances. Bette Davis thought- and so did much of Hollywood-that Bette Davis would win her 3rd Oscar, but it was Bette's co star in Baby Jane Joan Crawford who glided across the stage like the Movie Queen she was to accept for Bancroft ( and the feud between Davis and Crawford became true hate)Hepburn along with Ralph Richardson and Dean Stockwell portray brilliantly the tortures of the Eugene O Neill play perfectly. This is heavy duty going and not for the feint of heart but Katharine Hepburn's performance is her greatest. I would have voted for Hepburn in the Best Actress Oscar
A Perfectly Realized Film Brilliantly Performed.
- R. Mezansky
Long Day's Journey Into Night is a film that hinges on the acting and direction. O'Neill provided the timeless and tragic story. Sidney Lumet's direction is a masterful example of not resorting to adding props and effects to make the film slick. The cast performed flawlessly. One cannot help but to be deeply moved by the raw exposure of these tragic figures. The issues addressed in Long Day's Journey touch us all to some degree. The brutally honest words Eugene O'Neill wrote regarding his family and himself are not spiteful. It's a film that I watch often, and I never fail to appreciate something more. If you haven't seen it, buy it!
Movies Just Dont Get Any Better
- D. Wenbert
As a fan of each of the principals in this movie (Hepurn, Richardson, Stockwell, Robards) it was delightful to see them together, in a little film I'd never even heard of before. There is real acting in this, its about a human story, devoid of special effects, fancy camera work, exotic sets or locations...just the story and the actors who characterize it. It kept my rapt attention all the way through; I didnt even want to leave the room to make popcorn. This was probably one of the last great B&W pictures, and that's a shame. The emotions and passion of the lives portrayed are so much more intense and vivid in B&W, undistracted by visuals.I would rank this film up there with such monochrome classics as "Witness for the Prosecution" or "Dr. Erlich's Magic Bullet", that you can watch repeatedly and never tire of the experience. I hope this comes on again soon; I missed the first several minutes of it, happening on it by chance while surfing the dial. Make your popcorn ahead of time!