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The Wild Heart (1952)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1952 (USA)
A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Selznick's changes are mainly:- (1) Adding a ... See full summary »

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Mary Webb (novel), Michael Powell | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jones ... Hazel Woodus
David Farrar ... Jack Reddin
Cyril Cusack ... Edward Marston
Sybil Thorndike ... Mrs. Marston
Edward Chapman ... Mr. James
Esmond Knight ... Abel Woodus
Hugh Griffith ... Andrew Vessons
George Cole ... Cousin Albert
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Aunt Prowde
Frances Clare Frances Clare ... Amelia Comber
Raymond Rollett Raymond Rollett ... Landlord / Elder
Gerald Lawson Gerald Lawson ... Roadmender / Elder
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Chapel elder
Arthur Reynolds Arthur Reynolds ... Chapel elder
Valentine Dunn Valentine Dunn ... Martha
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A re-editing of Gone to Earth (1950) after a disagreement and court case between director Michael Powell and producer David O. Selznick. Selznick's changes are mainly:- (1) Adding a prologue. (2) Adding scenes explaining things, often by putting labels or inscriptions on them. (3) Adding more close-ups of Jennifer Jones (Selznick's wife). He also deleted a few scenes that he felt weren't dramatic enough. Sadly some of these were major plot points so the story doesn't make as much sense as the original. In his autobiographies, Powell claimed that Selznick only left about 35 mins of the original film. In fact there's a lot more than that. About 2/3 of the original remains. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A great new emotional drama with Jennifer Jones in a performance as memorable as those she gave in "The Song of Bernadette" and "Duel in the Sun" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gypsy Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Not a triumph for Powell & Pressburger...
24 March 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A re-edited version of 1950's "Gone to Earth", which apparently derived after an artistic struggle between production team the Archers and David O. Selznick. It's a rather overripe, humorless adaptation of Mary Webb's book "Gone to Earth" involving a gypsy girl in 19th century Wales who is caught between two men. Predictably handsome melodrama, yet one which seldom involves the viewer. Co-directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger have a unique and occasionally ominous way of letting nature unfold in front of the lens, and the cinematography is vivid and expressive; however, they don't seem to know much about actors or about the strength of performance--the technique seems to elude them--and Jennifer Jones in particular comes off looking like an amateur (which she is most assuredly not). The film has its charms, but it has no gypsy blood--nor a wild heart. ** from ****


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