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A Cold Wind in August (1961)

 -  Drama  -  1 May 1961 (Sweden)
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An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her. Disillusionment sets in when the boy discovers that she is a stripper and prostitute.

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Lola Albright ...
Iris Hartford
Scott Marlowe ...
Vito Pellegrino
Joe De Santis ...
Papa Pellegrino (as Joe DeSantis)
Clarke Gordon ...
Harry (as Clark Gordon)
Janet Brandt ...
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Skip Young ...
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Dee Gee Green ...
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An older woman seduces an impressionable working-class boy who falls deeply in love with her. Disillusionment sets in when the boy discovers that she is a stripper and prostitute.

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If you care about love, you'll talk about a teenage boy and a woman who is all allure, all tenderness... and too much experience

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A piece truly deserving of revival
12 April 2002 | by (Salisbury,Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I shall never forget my excitement at first viewing this probably never revived film. Scott Marlowe and Lola Albright were both excellent.There was a general feeling around New York that we were seeing the birth of a new star in Scott Marlowe and that Lola Albright was definitely moving out of TV detective films into a much higher bracket.Instead the director moved into a lifetime of steady but highly inconsistent popular TV productions and Marlowe made only one more film, which had virtually no distribution, before disappearing for over a decade.

I admit this low budget effort,at times,strives too hard for slice of life realism.realism. There is a really awful scene with Albright, her olderboyfriend and a neighbor where everybody tries so hard to make it lookas if they were not acting that they don't.

But that is neither here nor there.I can not remember a Spring-September romance that carried more impact.That the gritty protagonists are an Italian-American street kid and a stripper adds to the incredible and unexpected poignancy of the situation.Too bad Marlowe and Albright weren't allowed to shoot five more when they were on a hot winning streak but they needed only one such performance to insure that some younger generation will feel the answering cord.This should do really well on DVD reissue and high time.


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