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season of passion
- kevin sellers
I agree with previous reviewer Scott that the main reason to see this film is the great location shooting which captures the airy, watery beauty of Sydney in the late 50s. Kinda like San Francisco, with its combination of sunlight, bay and hills. Unfortunately, the actors and dramatic situations of this movie are not nearly as interesting as the cinematography. I was especially disappointed in the performances of John Mills and Ernest Borgnine, who seem to take their characters of field laborers as an excuse for hamming it up, with lots of yelling and rollicking laughter and over the top rages and drunkenness. The gals fare better, with both Angela Lansbury and Anne Baxter doing a good job of submerging themselves in their roles, with convincing Aussie accents to boot. Borgnine, on the other hand, does not even attempt to hide his Bronx tones. (Is it just me or does Borgnine seem to stick with Marty, no matter if he's down under, in WW2 ("Dirty Dozen") or riding with Peckinpah?) As for the two genuinely Australian actors, they're stuck in a typically dull, ingenue subplot. So let's give it a C plus (for cinematography, natch.)
It's The season Of The passionate Ones
Awake extra early on a Saturday morn, I found myself engaged in watching this strange black and white ditty from 1960, filmed on location in Australia. Ernest Borgnine is magnificent in this for the simple reason of simplicity - he portrays the common working man, the big teddy bear lug who you hafta love simply because he is just another decent working class guy trying to make it in this big old world. Every season as a working class guy going to the workplace, he and his buddy, John Mills, arrive to the city where they meet up with a couple of dames they meet with every year. Ann Baxter is Borgnine's girl, and besides she has a decent two-story home owned by her elderly outspoken mother. It's ben the ritual for going on 17 years when something has gotta change. An interesting study of romantic relationships and the added pressures of capitalism, decency, having a moral compass and ultimately - choosing love over all else. I loved this film.
Season of Doldrums
This film has about the least matched possible cast as well as characters that could have been put together. It is a too long, too boring story about uninteresting characters in a humdrum situation. It tries for pathos and fails, it tries humor, drama, tension and romance. None of these fit.The story is dull, the plot is plain boredom and the negative should be allowed to deteriorate away show it will never torture us again.
Just saw it on TV...
If you like Sydney, Australia, this is a fun movie to see. Filmed entirely on location, this flick shows you images of the city that are fun to juxtapose against the current scene...This movie should be on DVD simply because any movie starring Lansbury, Borgnine, and Baxter should be. No matter how good (or not) it is.