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The Goddess Review – Kim Stanley d: John Cromwell

The Goddess (1958) Direction: John Cromwell Cast: Kim Stanley, Lloyd Bridges, Steven Hill, Betty Lou Holland, Joan Copeland, Gerald Hiken, Patty Duke Screenplay: Paddy Chayefsky Oscar Movies Recommended Kim Stanley, The Goddess Paddy Chayefsky evokes a cynical Tennessee Williams in his screenplay for The Goddess, a Hollywood cautionary tale directed by veteran John Cromwell. Episodic in progression — the film is broken into three pulpy chapters — The Goddess serves as a spotlight for a daring Kim Stanley performance, playing within the middle-brow arena of melodrama even as it stages dark comedy and acute commentary. In The Goddess, Stanley is Emily Ann Faulkner, a broken woman from rural hickdom who has been abandoned by her irresponsible mother. (The child is portrayed by Patty Duke; Betty Lou Holland is persuasive as the selfish biological mother.) Emily is thus raised by relatives, primarily a Seventh Day Adventist aunt. Stardom, however, is her higher calling. [...]
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