When I’m in the mood I write brief thoughts on films in notebooks which then get transferred to my bag where they get forgotten. Well, I dug them out and I’m going to transcribe and tidy up those thoughts because I’m sure it’ll be worth it…maybe.
The photography! The acting! The themes! The key scenes! All faultless. This was a big Oscar winner in its time (but, bizarrely, not for Paul Newman) but I still thought it was great. You could see the Oscar bait in the form of Mervyn Douglas but since he gave a deeply moving performance, I don’t care.
However, it is Patricia Neal who is brilliant. She is tough, smart, vulnerable and sensible, and knows when to leave.
And Brandon De Wilde was so lovable.