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The Wild Heart (1952)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1952 (USA)
A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Selznick's changes are mainly:- (1) Adding a ... See full summary »

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Mary Webb (novel), Michael Powell | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jones ... Hazel Woodus
David Farrar ... Jack Reddin
Cyril Cusack ... Edward Marston
Sybil Thorndike ... Mrs. Marston
Edward Chapman ... Mr. James
Esmond Knight ... Abel Woodus
Hugh Griffith ... Andrew Vessons
George Cole ... Cousin Albert
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Aunt Prowde
Frances Clare Frances Clare ... Amelia Comber
Raymond Rollett Raymond Rollett ... Landlord / Elder
Gerald Lawson Gerald Lawson ... Roadmender / Elder
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Chapel elder
Arthur Reynolds Arthur Reynolds ... Chapel elder
Valentine Dunn Valentine Dunn ... Martha
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A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Selznick's changes are mainly:- (1) Adding a prologue. (2) Adding scenes explaining things, often by putting labels or inscriptions on them. (3) Adding more close-ups of Jennifer Jones (Selznick's wife). He also deleted a few scenes that he felt weren't dramatic enough. Sadly some of these were major plot points so the story doesn't make as much sense as the original. In his autobiographies, Powell claimed that Selznick only left about 35 mins of the original film. In fact there's a lot more than that. About 2/3 of the original remains. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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From the makers of "The Red Shoes" and "Tales of Hoffman" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gypsy Blood See more »

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Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »

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"....seems the World's a spring trap, with us in it....."
27 November 2018 | by Brucey_DSee all my reviews

IMHO P&P never made a real duffer of a film, even if the Selznicks of this World couldn't let it lie.

'The Wild Heart' is a re-edited version of 'Gone to Earth', one where Selznick had his way with the editing, made for the U.S. market. I have not seen the original but I can hardly think that the film is improved in any way; there is quite a lot of the original film missing and a fair amount of reshot material too.

The plot is reminiscent of something Thomas Hardy or D.H Lawrence might have cooked up; too slow for some folk, too fanciful and too much of a bodice-ripper for others. I think that it isn't wildly out of place here; the vibrant colours give it a slightly unreal, dream-like quality anyway, making Hazel's innocent but fanciful notions more believable.

This film is beautifully shot with the landscape near Much Wenlock a real feature of the film. The music adds nicely to the film. David Farrar is in some danger of being typecast here (after Black Narcissus etc) as a ruthless womaniser and makes fine contrast with Cusack's minister. Jennifer Jones is absolutely radiant and for the most part plays her role admirably. The major let-down -if you can overlook the film being so beggared about with, that is- is that Jones' accent is all over the place. 'Mangled' is something of an understatement; I am sure I am not alone amongst those from the British Isles in thinking that I have never heard anything quite like it.

Anyway seeing this film has only made me keener to see 'Gone to Earth', which I'm hoping will be as much better as it is reputed to be. 8/10 from me.


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