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The Sun Was Setting (1951)

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A woman is dying in her apartment. Two friends visit her and she tells them she wants to go to Chinatown. They convince her not to go, and then leave themselves. Unable to stand her ... See full summary »

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A woman is dying in her apartment. Two friends visit her and she tells them she wants to go to Chinatown. They convince her not to go, and then leave themselves. Unable to stand her confinement, the woman dies. Written by Mark Rowan <mrowan@arches.uga.edu>

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The Melodramatic Wood
9 June 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Sun Was Setting (1951)

** (out of 4)

June (Angela Stevens) was given six months to live and she's already gone through four of them when she asks her friend Paul (Tom Keene) to take her out for one last great night even though it could cause her end to be rushed.

THE SUN WAS SETTING was written, produced and directed by the one and only Edward D. Wood, Jr. so obviously fans of his will want to check this out. It was basically shot for television and for the most part it's easy to see why it didn't get him a lot of directing jobs but at the same time it's not the worst thing you'll ever see.

I will admit that Wood at least managed to make the film quite depressing as he certainly doesn't hold any punches with the subject matter or its twists but at the same time the dialogue makes it quite over-dramatic. I'd also argue that the performances aren't the greatest thing out there either.

Still, at just 14 minutes the film isn't boring and is at least better made than some of the films Wood would direct down the road.


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