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In the early 1900's Tennessee, a loving family undergoes the shock of the father's sudden, accidental death. The widow and her young son must endure the heartache of life following the tragedy, but slowly rise up from the ashes to face the hope of renewed life. Written by
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Here is a Motion Picture You May Not Dare To See And That You Do Not Dare To Miss. It has been magnificently made from James Agee's almost unbearably beautiful Pulitzer Prize novel and from the Pulitzer Prize play made from that novel. It is the story of the Jay Follet family. It is a story of all the kinds of love there are... the love between father and son, mother and child, male and female...the love of any human being for the place he grew up in and for the people he grew up to...It is a motion picture that will follow you home and stay with you all the rest of your days. See more »
A wonderful, poignant story, beautifully acted against an Americana background. Quiet and deep. Sad and inevitable. The story is told, almost exclusively, through the eyes of a young (6-ish) boy, and the little man who played "Google-Eyes" brings a remarkable amount of depth and, could it possibly be insight?, into the character.
As an aside, the book upon which the play and subsequent movie was based, A Death in the Family by James Agee, was a Pulitzer prize winner. The American composer Samuel Barber used Agee's prologue to A Death in the Family for the text of his "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" - a concert piece for soprano and orchestra. Also a beautiful, almost languid experience.
This movie is almost a perfect distillation of the book, or at least, the perfect adaptation. There's a lot left out of the movie, a lot of background and some characters, but the movie still manages to capture the deepness of the story.
Beautiful cinematography, wonderful script, quiet interpretations, and a beautiful score.
I did find it available for purchase, just the movie, no extras, on iTunes. I think it's been edited, though, as I clearly recall seeing scenes on TV that weren't in the picture.
Catch this movie if you possibly can. And yes, bring some tissues.
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