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Tender Is the Night (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 23 February 1962 (West Germany)
A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover.

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A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover.

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In the tender moments of the night...SHOULD LOVE BE ALL THERE IS? See more »

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David O Selznick wanted Cary Grant to play Dick Diver opposite his wife Jennifer Jones. See more »

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As Nicole and Dick walk along Lindenhof Hill above Zurich in the early 1920s, the background view of the city shows several concrete apartment blocks not built until the 1950s. See more »

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Mr. Albert Charles McKisco: What's your place in the economy of life, Barban?
Tommy Barban: I shoot
Mr. Albert Charles McKisco: Just any old thing, huh?
Tommy Barban: Well, er... buffalo in Africa, tigers in India, Bolsheviks in Europe...
Mr. Albert Charles McKisco: Don't you ever get the urge to do anything?
Tommy Barban: Yes. I would like to restore the Holy Roman Empire.
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Referenced in George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (1994) See more »

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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Seymour Simons and Haven Gillespie
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Something distinctly artificial
22 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and stilted about this film, and its casting.

Jason Robards who always delivers, just seems wooden and ineffectual as Dick Diver. Jennifer Jones as the ever desirable, but tragic Nicole Diver, just seems unsympathetic, even strident and cruel.

The alcohol flows freely and the jet-set lifestyle is invoked by a humorous Tom Ewell, who sings the movies theme song at the beginning of this disjointed movie. (Tom Ewell is forever planted in my memory as Marilyn Monroes bumbling neighbor in "The Seven Year Itch", or as the silly, clichéd father in "State Fair") That being said, it almost seems as if the writers did not know how to treat the subject of psychoanalysis and mental illness. F Scott Fitgerald and his wife endured tragedy, his wife Zelda Sayre Fitgerald was diagnosed with schizophrenia while still in her 20's. She was delusional at times, and probably never walked around at all times looking like a John Robert Powers model,(as Jones does in this movie).

It was 1962 after all, psychoanalysis was chic and stylish, so this film presents the illness as stylish and merely the effect of being rich and bored on the French Riviera. I wanted to like this film, but it is sorely dated and due for a remake. If nothing else it aptly demonstrates society stigma and misconceptions when portraying mental illness. No wonder there is still so much denial, if this film was considered an acceptable story of a physician and his wife in 1962. Worth seeing as a curiosity. 5/10.


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