The Red House
1947, Delmer Daves, USA, 100 min.
With Edward G. Robinson, Allene Roberts
- Sat, Nov 16th 3:15pm
- Wed, Nov 20th 6:00pm
"A pastoral, noir-inflected psychodrama with supernatural overtones, dealing chiefly with the thin line between healthy and sick sexuality. All very Freudian, in fact, and often very frightening, with Robinson in superb form as the patriarch tormented by his past."—Geoff Andrew, Time Out London
There are two movies here. The first is a neo-Gothic farrago, featuring Edward G. Robinson as a wooden-legged Ahabian patriarch, lording it over an isolated farm out of Wuthering Heights, with a deep dark secret hidden in a cursed forest out of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The second is a tale of adolescent romance (a specialty of writer-director Daves), centered on two intermingled good/bad girl/boy couples, with youthful Julie London and Rory Calhoun impressive as the darker halves of clean-cut Lon McCallister and Allene Roberts. The second movie is more successful than the first, but the mixture of the two lends a fascinating dimension, crackling with incestuous overtones and generational conflict, to this offbeat hybrid, a childhood favorite of Martin Scorsese. 35mm. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and The George Lucas Family Foundation. (MR)