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1,056 Ratings

Spring Night, Summer Night

Directed by Joseph L. Anderson
United States, 1967
Drama

Synopsis

The melancholy story of a half brother and sister in rural southern Ohio whose relationship suddenly turns intimate, sending the already-struggling farm family into a crisis of love, shame and recrimination. Cast entirely with regional actors and filmed on location in shimmering 35mm B&W.

Spring Night, Summer Night Directed by Joseph L. Anderson

Critics reviews

The documentary-style portraits of the characters’ impoverished neighbors display the influence of Italian neorealism, and the shadow-heavy photography at times evokes German expressionism. Yet the storytelling, full of characters killing time, anticipates such other American indie features as Eagle Pennell’s The Whole Shootin’ Match and Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep.
October 07, 2015
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Captured on location in southeast Ohio, in rich shades of 35mm black-and-white, the film at once preserves a bygone vision of virginal Americana and predicts the personal, uncompromising projects of regional micro-budget cinema, forging an unlikely continuum from its counterculture contemporaries such as Faces and The Last Picture Show, to the coming likes of Killer of Sheep, Stranger Than Paradise, and The Color Wheel.
August 12, 2015
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Is it important to love characters? In my opinion, not necessarily; but when filming people that live a very different life and derive from a different class, it might be important to listen to them instead of imposing a story on their lives.
September 27, 2018
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