When Shelley Winters wrote her first autobiography, she dedicated an entire chapter about the making of ‘A Place In The Sun.’ She wrote of severe insecurity that manifested from her character’s[Alice Tripp] appearance shadowed by the illustrious Elizabeth Taylor’s [Angela Vickers]. Shelley had pleaded with George Stevens(Director)to make her character less dowdy, that the reference wasn’t necessary for the role. Stevens wouldn’t hear of it, and made Taylor even more glamorous.
Montgomery Clift was sympathetic to Winters’ pleas, but in the end they all knew one thing,- they had a winning Film!
Looking over the title listings for the July Category it’s actually this Film that I return to more often than any other; ‘A Place In The Sun’ is a reminder of ‘the duty of patience.’
The Film was based on Theodore Dreiser’ ‘An American Tragedy.’ I had read the book, loved the book, took note of the book, and was not disappointed with the Film.
It’s easy to dismiss Films adapted from books, just on the premise of abbreviated content, but Stevens was able to employ the strong messages within a two hour framework.
‘A Place In The Sun’ requires no formal introduction, whether you’ve seen it or not, you’re familiar with the title. The Film has a secure position in the pantheon of highly acclaimed work, and to miss this cinematic experience is, in short, a visual loss.
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