Long Day's Journey into Night (1962 film)
|Long Day's Journey into Night|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sidney Lumet|
|Produced by||Ely Landau |
Joseph E. Levine
Jack J. Dreyfus, Jr.
|Based on||Long Day's Journey into Night|
by Eugene O'Neill
|Music by||André Previn|
|Edited by||Ralph Rosenblum|
|Distributed by||Embassy Pictures|
Long Day's Journey into Night is a 1962 American drama film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play. It was directed by Sidney Lumet, and produced by Ely Landau, with Joseph E. Levine and Jack J. Dreyfus, Jr. as executive producers. The screenplay was not adapted, but used directly from O'Neill's play, the music score by André Previn, and the cinematography by Boris Kaufman.
The film has been restored and preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Plot and response
The film concerns a fateful, heart-rending day in August 1912 at the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrone family.
One theme of the play is addiction and the resulting dysfunction of the family: All three males are alcoholics, and Mary is addicted to morphine. They all constantly conceal, blame, resent, regret, accuse, and deny in an escalating cycle of conflict with occasional desperate and half-sincere attempts at affection, encouragement, and consolation.
Cast and characters
- Katharine Hepburn as Mary Tyrone
- Ralph Richardson as James Tyrone, Sr.
- Jason Robards as James Tyrone, Jr.
- Dean Stockwell as Edmund Tyrone
- Jeanne Barr as Cathleen
Producer Ely Landau did a version of The Iceman Cometh for TV. This impressed the widow of Eugene O'Neil enough for her to give him the screen rights to Long Day's Journey. The cast and director agreed to work for a lower fee in exchange for a percentage of the profits. The film was shot for $435,000 over 37 days, two days over schedule.
Joseph E. Levine bought the film for distribution, but said he lost money on it. "You cannot stay in business by making O'Neill pictures", he said.
Awards and nominations
- Katharine Hepburn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
- Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, and Dean Stockwell all won the Best Actor/Actress award at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Palme d'Or.
- Julie Harris Seen as 'Haunting' Hit: Director Wise Lauds Cast; Landau on 'Lost Audience' Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times11 Dec 1962: E13.
- New York: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour of Movie New York - Richard Alleman - Broadway (February 1, 2005) ISBN 0-7679-1634-4
- By MURRAY SCHUMACH Special to The New York Times. (1963, Dec 06). Joseph E. Levine says making of art films for U.S. is risky. New York Times (1923-Current File). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/116525835
- "Festival de Cannes: Long Day's Journey into Night". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
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