Loathsome contemporary-types w/ a propensity for snickering at old movies will doubtlessly find much to guffaw at in RUBY GENTRY, and I will concede that Jennifer Jones and Charlton Heston are not strong actors and tend to benefit when they dial it back a little. However, I can think of few movies made anywhere by anybody EVER that have subtexts this delicious. Marx + Freud and a little Sophocles. Truly fascinating.
This is an intense and well made film searing with raw emotion with impressive set design and powerhouse performances from all that practically jump off the screen. Stylized melodrama at its most contained.
I'm certainly a sucker for films that drip with the American South, and Ruby Gentry is told thick in the middle of it. Hands down one of the best movies I've ever seen. Every bit of it - from the fantastic completely overlooked score to the wild story and all in between - Ruby Gentry ranks among the greats.
It's interesting how King Vidor who made beautiful silent films and highly respectable and unashamedly emotional dramas in the thirties and forties ended up creating the entertainingly feverish kitschfests "Beyond the Forest," "The Fountainhead," "Duel In The Sun" and "Ruby Gentry." Even with ridiculous scripts, he gives you something to watch. Also, from the evidence of his silent comedies, he had a sense of humor.
Le sentiment passionné qui lie une jeune sauvageonne issue d'une riche famille et un séducteur de la région donne lieu a un film sulfureux et hautement romantique...
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