Splendor in the Grass (1961)
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Editor's NoteTwo young lovers find their awakening sensuality in conflict with both their own moral values and those of the small town in which they live. This intense, tragic film marked the screen debut of Warren Beatty. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Actress--Natalie Wood. Academy Awards: Best (Original) Story and Screenplay.
Splendor in the Grass - DVD Review
By: Don Willmott filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/23/2009 7:46 PM
|At a time when frank discussions of sexual longing were pretty much frowned upon in the world of entertainment, director Elia Kazan was never squeamish about putting the heat on the screen in films like Baby Doll, A Streetcar Named Desire, and, perhaps most notoriously, Splendor in the Grass. This soapy and steamy melodrama earns its place in movie history for giving us two great performances by two young and beautiful actors, Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, whose teenage lust leads literally to madness....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Boris Kaufman - Director of Photography|
|David Amram - Composer|
|William Inge - Writer|
|Gene Milford - Editor|
|Richard Sylbert - Production Designer|
|Elia Kazan - Producer|
|Elia Kazan - Director|
Plot SummarySet in rural Kansas, "Splendor in the Grass" tells the tragically romantic tale of teenagers Deanie and Bud who repress their desires because of their families' disapproval. Coming from radically different backgrounds -- one wealthy, the other staunchly puritanical -- they allow class differences to prevent any possible union. Their passions exist purely in their hearts and minds, but the couple never physically or socially express this forbidden love. Later in life, Deanie is institutionalized following a breakdown, and she eventually returns home to resolve her feelings about Bud.