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Year
1961
Runtime
124 min.
Director
Elia Kazan
Genres
Drama, Romance
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
11,611
Checks
2,908
Favs
243
Dislikes
21
Favs/checks
8.4% (1:12)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. Wise Jake's avatar

    Wise Jake

    Natalie Wood is incredible, and this movie shows her at her best. 9 years 3 months ago
  2. boulderman's avatar

    boulderman

    Natalie Wood gave the greatest ever acting performance, beautiful 3 weeks 5 days ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    My friend Karelle was absolutely right about Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass. It's most definitely an ancestor of Les parapluies de Cherbourg, at least in its structure and final moment. Using its Wordsworth quote to good effect to contrast youth and experience, and daring (as much as it can) to discuss virginity and sex and the teenage anxieties inherent to them, the film is also truthful about parents and kids, and how the former screws up the latter as a matter of course. But it doesn't want us to feel bitter about that, it's just part of life and of everyone's identity. Pat Hingle gives a strong performance as the businessman and patriarch who destroys his own family because he ultimately sees it as an investment. Warren Beatty as his son is a bit of a non-entity for me, while Natalie Wood is unsurprisingly riveting as the lead of the picture. I like how Kazan puts us in her headspace, letting us hear whispers that represent her humiliation that fuel her anxiety and depression and lead to her break. It's a bit old-fashioned in the way it treats some of this material, but by setting in the late 1920s, it's all justified. 1 year ago
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  1. This movie ranks #47 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
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  2. This movie ranks #78 in Time Out's The 100 Best Romantic Films
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  3. This movie ranks #368 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  4. This movie ranks #530 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  5. This movie ranks #603 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  6. This movie ranks #607 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
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  7. This movie ranks #813 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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