|10:30 P.M. SUMMER (director/writer: Jules Dassin; screenwriter: Marguerite Duras/based on the novel by Marguerite Duras; cinematographer: Gabor Pogany; editor: Roger Dwyre; music: Cristobal Halffter; cast: Isabel Maria Perez (Judith), Peter Finch (Paul), Melina Mercouri (Maria), Romy Schneider (Claire), Julián Mateos (Rodrigo), Beatrix Savon (Rodrigo's wife), (), (); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jules Dassin/Anatole Litvak; United Artists; 1966-West Germany-in English)|
by Dennis Schwartz
hard to believe such a talented director like Jules
Dassin ("Never on Sunday"/"Brute Force"/"Night
and The City") could direct such drivel. It's based on
the erotic novel by French author Marguerite
Duras. American expat Dassin is heavy-handed in
handling the realism, while his Greek wife Melina
Mercouri over acts and gives a stilted performance.
driving on holiday through the Spanish countryside, a
married couple, the
Greek wife Maria (Melina Mercouri) and the
Englishman hubby Paul (Peter Finch), travelling
with their young daughter Judith (Isabel Maria Perez)
and, for some unexplained reason, Maria's
attractive friend Claire (Romy Schneider), get
caught in a thunderstorm and check-in to the
nearest hotel in a provincial town. Just before
they arrived, a 19-year-old peasant named Rodrigo
killed in one of the rooms his unfaithful
19-year-old wife (Beatrix Savon)
and her lover. The police search the hotel but
Rodrigo is undetected hiding on the roof.
The alcoholic neurotic Maria
chooses to ignore hubby making love to Claire, and
instead obsesses over the fugitive. When she spots
him on the roof, they become lovers. The
distraught Maria then helps the fugitive elude the
The pretentious art film sets an erotic mood, and might attract some enamored by either its absurdity or potential to be a good pic.
REVIEWED ON 11/12/2014 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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