A classic film featuring a boy who is able to hear what the racehorses at the track are thinking. He bases their moods on how well he thinks they'll do, and tells his older brother who is ... See full summary »
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins,
Frankie Addams, 12-year-old tomboy, feels disconnected from the world. Frankie's mother died when she was born, and her father is a distant, uncomprehending figure. Her closest companions ... See full summary »
Shortly after their tenth wedding anniversary, New York theater producer Steven Hilliard and his wife, former popular radio singer Kay Hilliard née Ashley, are getting a Kay-initiated Reno ... See full summary »
It's August. Like they have most summers, elderly widowed sisters Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, who live in Philadelphia, are staying together in the family's summer cottage on an island ... See full summary »
In a small Georgia town, twelve year old tomboy Frankie Addams feels unconnected to the world, a fact troubling to her. Her unconventional views for a twelve year old girl make her an outcast among her peers, which she in turn blames for her situation rather than anything of her own doing. Her only real friend is John Henry, her younger next door neighbor, although she doesn't see him as a friend since she doesn't consider him a peer. As her widowed father is all consumed with running his small business, Frankie is largely left to the care of their housekeeper, Berenice. Berenice tries to provide as much true guidance to Frankie and what Frankie considers her problems, although Berenice has her own troubles looking after her wild foster brother, Honey Camden, her only surviving family. In addition, Frankie largely sees Berenice's advice as the rantings of a large, crazy black woman. Frankie believes that she has finally found her place in life upon the return to town and announcement ... Written by
Were I pressed to name just five films which I consider to be the greatest
of all time, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING would have to be amongst them. It is
American cinema at its most elevated and humane, and in a strange, oblique
kind of way says more about the pain, (that was once so commonplace), of
being black in the USA , than many other films that deal with this issue in
a more direct way. The story is so universal, and through its many
applies to so many of life's experiences; it is full of compassion, humane
values, humour and irony; it both warms and breaks the heart.
Every single role is acted superbly by a fine ensemble of players, but the
three main characters, Julie Harris, Ethel Waters and Brandon De Wilde, are
quite simply perfection, and give performances that could not be bettered.
The scene where the three sit together in the growing darkness of the
kitchen and together sing `His Eye Is On The Sparrow' must surely rank as
one of the most sublime and moving moments in world cinema. I have watched
this film on countless occasions and never fail to marvel at its artistry,
and too, how it reflects human values of worth and merit, and, whenever I
have introduced the film to others who didn't know it, they have never
failed to thank me profusely for doing so.
Fred Zinnemann once said in an interview that it was his personal favourite
of all the films he made, and I agree with him, but I would qualify his
statement further by stating it is amongst the finest films that anybody
ever made! All technical values are first rate, and yet again, Alex North
came up with a brilliant musical score that added yet one more layer of
A film every American should watch and be proud of; not in a negative
nationalistic sort of way, but in a common, shared-humanity way!
Non-Americans of course should also watch it, and see a positive side of
American values, and, like me, be grateful to Columbia for bringing to
fruition such a risky commercial proposition. It may not have broken
box-office records, but it is a true treasure in the pantheon of American
cinema. One of the truly great films of all time.
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