Tender Is the Night

Tender Is the Night

Director: Henry King

Cast: Henry King, Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards Jr., Joan Fontaine

     
 

David O. Selznick had intended to film an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night as a vehicle for his wife Jennifer Jones. But financial difficulties compelled Selznick to sell the property (including Ms. Jones' services) to 20th Century-Fox. Jones stars as a wealthy but disturbed woman of the 1920s who marriesSee more details below

Overview

David O. Selznick had intended to film an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night as a vehicle for his wife Jennifer Jones. But financial difficulties compelled Selznick to sell the property (including Ms. Jones' services) to 20th Century-Fox. Jones stars as a wealthy but disturbed woman of the 1920s who marries her psychiatrist (Jason Robards Jr.). They live together at her Riviera estate, where the doctor's analytical skills atrophy. As Jones grows stronger, the doctor becomes totally dependent upon her emotionally and financially. The film's supporting characters are equally self-destructive, notably an alcoholic composer (Tom Ewell) and Jones' avaricious sister (Joan Fontaine). Perhaps if Selznick had produced Tender is the Night, the film wouldn't have wallowed in misery for its own sake; on the other hand, we still would have been stuck with Jennifer Jones, who is woefully miscast.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The works of F. Scott Fitzgerald do not translate easily to the screen, and Tender Is the Night, while not a bad movie, is no exception. Ivan Moffat does a decent job of adapting this difficult work, but inevitably the characterizations are not as sharply observed, and the nuance that is so essential is often lost; as a result, the motivations of the characters are unconvincing, coming across at times as very murky and at others as over simplified. More damaging is the miscasting of Jennifer Jones, whose role is the linchpin of the entire project. Jones simply does not have the range required to tackle this character, and she falls back on mannerisms that quickly become annoying. There's also too little chemistry between her and Jason Robards Jr., who himself gives a performance that feels only half-hearted. Much better is Joan Fontaine, grabbing hold of a secondary part and giving it her all -- and seeming to enjoy herself tremendously at the same time. The film is overlong, but it also is lavishly produced, with some stunning Leon Shamroy cinematography, including some glorious sweeps across the Riviera that are just stunning. The technical work, as a matter of fact, is so good that it compensates for a great many of the movie's flaws.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
UPC:
0024543874355
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Time:
2:26:00
Sales rank:
29,529

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Jones Nicole Diver
Jason Robards Dick Diver
Joan Fontaine Baby Warren
Tom Ewell Abe North
Cesare Danova Tommy Barban
Jill St. John Rosemary Hoyt
Paul Lukas Dr. Dohmler
Bea Benaderet Mrs. McKisko
Charles Fredericks Mr. McKisko
Sanford Meisner Dr. Gregorovious
Mac McWhorter Colis Clay
Albert Carrier Louis
Carole Mathews Mrs. Hoyt
Alan Napier Pardo
Maurice Dallimore Sir Charles Golding
Carol Veazie/Morris Carnovsky Mrs. Dunphrey
Jean de Briac Dr. Faurore
Richard de Combray Francisco
Marcel dela Brosse Proprietor
Eric Feldary Headwaiter
Jacques Gallo Gendarme
Renee Godfrey Nurse
Tom Hernandez Nobleman
Louis Mercier Concierge
Carl Princi Assistant Manager
John Richardson Bits
Joe La Cava Bartender
Linda Hutchins Actor

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Pierre Balmain Costumes/Costume Designer
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Warren B. Delaplain Sound/Sound Designer
Eli Dunn Asst. Director
Sammy Fain Score Composer,Songwriter
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Ivan Moffat Screenwriter
Ben Nye Makeup
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter
Henry T. Weinstein Producer

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