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Summer and Smoke (1961)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  April 1962 (Austria)
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Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late.

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Since childhood, spinster Alma Winemiller has loved handsome young Dr. John Buchanan, Jr.. But John has fallen hard for Rosa Zacharias, the town's sultry vamp, and descends into a seamy nightlife while ignoring Alma's dreams of romance and possible marriage. Written by alfiehitchie

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Why do some women turn a beautiful thing into something no better than the mating of beasts? See more »

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April 1962 (Austria)  »

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Sommer und Rauch  »

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Hal Wallis Productions bought the film rights to play in 1952, shortly before its Off-Broadway revival, for $100,000. See more »

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Remembered as a Great Movie
22 October 2006 | by (Newfoundland) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a theater in Springfield, Ohio, at the time of its original theatrical release. I don't know if memory makes things seem better than they really were but I rate this as the most memorable movies I have ever seen. I thought it was fantastic. I've not seen the video and I'm not sure that I would want to since this VHS edition is not letter-boxed. It would have a 1.33 aspect ratio instead of the wide, 2.35 aspect ratio of the original Panavision film. I think that would destroy much of the film's visual appeal. If this movie ever comes out on DVD, in the original Panavision aspect ratio, I'll be certain to buy it!


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