The Lost Moment

Overview

It is said that Henry James' The Aspern Papers were inspired by the romance between Lord Byron and his mistress Claire Claremont, who in her dotage jealously guarded the poems written by Byron in her honor. In the film version of James' novel, The Lost Moment, the Clairemont character, renamed Juliana, is a blind, 105-year-old recluse, played with an abundance of age makeup by Agnes Moorehead whose amazing cosmetic makeover was the subject of several magazine articles back in 1947. The plot of the film ...
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Overview

It is said that Henry James' The Aspern Papers were inspired by the romance between Lord Byron and his mistress Claire Claremont, who in her dotage jealously guarded the poems written by Byron in her honor. In the film version of James' novel, The Lost Moment, the Clairemont character, renamed Juliana, is a blind, 105-year-old recluse, played with an abundance of age makeup by Agnes Moorehead whose amazing cosmetic makeover was the subject of several magazine articles back in 1947. The plot of the film concentrates on the efforts by a publisher named Lewis Robert Cummings to obtain the "lost" poems written by a legendary literary figure to the centenarian Juliana. The old lady is fiercely protected by her near-psychotic niece Tina Susan Hayward, who nonetheless agrees to help Lewis get his hands on the precious documents. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the Venetian mansion where Juliana resides harbors a horrible secret, one that bodes ill for the troubled Tina and everyone with whom she comes in contact. Watching in bewildered silence is Father Rinaldo Eduardo Cianelli, the film's "voice of conscience." Together with The Heiress, The Lost Moment is one of the few successful attempts to transfer the elusive prose of Henry James to the screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2014
  • UPC: 887090080606
  • Original Release: 1947
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,223

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Cummings Lewis Venable
Susan Hayward Tina Bordereau
Agnes Moorehead Juliana Bordereau
Joan Lorring Amelia
Eduardo Ciannelli Father Rinaldo
John Archer Charles
Frank Puglia Pietro
Minerva Urecal Maria
William Edmunds Vittorio
Eugene Borden Proprietor
Chris Drake
Martin Garralaga Waiter
Donna Martell Pretty Girl
Lillian Molieri
Julian Rivero Storyteller
Saverio LoMedico Waiter
Robert Verdaine Young Man
Technical Credits
Martin Gabel Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Leonardo Bercovici Screenwriter
Miton Carruth Editor
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Walter Wanger Producer
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