Splendor in the grass

Fecha Wednesday, 25 March 2009

“What though the radiance which was once so bright, be now for ever taken from my sight, though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind”.

This is the remarkable part of the well-known William Wordsmorth’s poem which this unforgettable film is based on.

These are the lovely 20s’, when sex is still a taboo and love relationships have to be dealt with special care. Parents have a big influence on their children and these are being brought up strictly and behind their beliefs. This is why a young couple who promises to stay forever together find it difficult to keep it that way. It’s the generation gap. The key is how they confront their parent’s expectations, how to deal with a society that suffocates them and is worried about what other people might think. The story is about incomprehension, rebelliousness, forgiveness, resignation. Romanticism in its purest form.

The Elian kazan’s film was set in Kansas in a time when the crisis folded business and a lot of people were forced to commit suicide. A young Warren Beatty gives a superb performance in his first role in the cinema, showing how to give up his own life to follow his father’s wishes. Natalie Wood makes a return by playing the role of a desperate youth who can’t stand the imposed situation.

It is worth pointing out the colourful photography and the wonderful original score. They help to enhance the meaning of the scenes, specially the last ones.

Last, but not least, the supporting characters raise the category of this masterpiece: the understanding father, the miserable mother, the sister who has lost her way, the ambitious father and the fainthearted mum…

This film won’t disappoint you, even more, it will become into your best rated movies in cinema’s history. You won’t be able to get it out of your head…

By Olga

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