Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
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In this film version of Tennessee Williams' play, handsome hustler Chance Wayne romances fading film-star Alexandra Del Lago in hopes of winning a movie contract for himself. The mercenary Wayne and the self-destructive Alexandra find themselves in Chance's hometown, where corrupt politician Boss Finley rules the roost.
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Critic Reviews for Sweet Bird of Youth
It's a glossy, engrossing hunk of motion picture entertainment, slickly produced by Berman.
Offers little indication of what made the original play interesting (especially in Elia Kazan's stage production), despite the fact that Paul Newman and Geraldine Page are called on to reprise their original roles.
Brooks' direction seems a little too stolid for all the sleazy, flaming passions. These are, however, given full measure by an excellent cast.
This cynical, coruscating drama has a strong look of being contrived, and Mr. Brooks' happy ending for it is implausible and absurd.
All of Williams's Southern Gothic themes are intermingled here: violence, familial conflict, sexual neurosis, the mentality of the mob. Most of it comes across as overheated nonsense.
Strong cast (Newman, Page) in deeply dramatic Williams drama.
There is no clearer face for the conflict and despondency of the decade of the sixties than Newman's magnificent bastards.
When approaching 1962's Sweet Bird of Youth, go for the parts rather than the whole.... [T]he film is a long drive through swampy melodrama.
The film gets a little bogged down in minutiae and irrelevant side plots, but on the whole it's solid and searing.
In 1962, the film was deemed audacious due to its handling of such taboo issues as drugs, abortion, and degeneracy, but it's a comromised work which deviates substantially from Tennessee Williams' play.
Newman and Page elevate Williams' melodramatic romance.
Newman began his splendid career on stage and returned triumphantly to Broadway to star in Williams' play about a gigolo with acting ambitions who attaches himself to an aging movie star.
Audience Reviews for Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth is structured like a resurrection tale. Chance Wayne is thrown into all types of abasement, dragged this way and that, beaten to a bloody pulpy (figuratively, of course), and finally rises from the ashes, a new man.More
Very underrated and a great story about vanity and the drawbacks of Hollywood. Paul Newman delivers his usual knockout performance, creating a very lovable and fun character that is also very realistic and heart felt. There's also a lot of other great performances thrown in, including Rip Torn as a deranged redneck out for blood. The story is so well put together by the greatest playwright to ever live, Tennessee Williams. I think the love story is so well done and put together in such a tragic way that the end result nearly drains you. The movie itself is really well put together and has some really beautiful sets and shots.More
If you've been reading some of my reviews, you all know how much I like Paul Newman, but he failed to appease me this time.
The whole story just wasn't that interesting. As a matter of fact, I don't think I have anything constructive to say about the movie. So I'll leave it at that.
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