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The Color of Evening (1990)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 1990 (USA)
An aging artist (Martin Landau) seeks his muse and a young lover in the form of a beautiful model.

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Steve Stafford

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Robert Nathan (novel), Jane Michaelson (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gretchen Becker ... Meg
Hildy Brooks Hildy Brooks ... Edy Baxley
Ellen Burstyn ... Kate O'Rielly
Kyle Chandler ... John
Rena Craig Rena Craig ... Mrs. Graham
Bill Erwin ... Priest
Marylou Kenworthy Marylou Kenworthy ... Modeling Agent
Andrea King ... Gallery Customer
Martin Landau ... Max Loeb
Will McAllister Will McAllister ... Mr. Graham
Roddy McDowall ... Henry Seaton
Tamara Lynn Roth Tamara Lynn Roth ... Young Mother
Ione Skye ... Halys Smith
Evan Stafford ... Evan - Mother's Child (as Shanghai Stafford)
J. Frank Stewart J. Frank Stewart ... Detective Ford
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An aging artist (Martin Landau) seeks his muse and a young lover in the form of a beautiful model.

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Drama | Romance

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PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, California, USA

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Christara Pictures See more »
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Final film of Bill Erwin. See more »

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A bit of light shed on the creative process
4 January 2012 | by jacowiumSee all my reviews

Solid acting from the main role players keep this boat afloat, which could otherwise have been dragged under by the slow pace and the cloyingly sentimental soundtrack. Ellen Burstyn lights up any screen (big or small), and I can imagine it must be a joy for any actor to partner her on screen. There is an effortless 'chemistry' (for lack of a better word) between her and Landau here.

The central theme here though is not romance as such, but rather ART, and the creating of art that will stand the test of time. While I'm sure that there are as many reasons for becoming an artist as there are actual artists in the world, the interested viewer here will find much to ponder about the process of creating something called a masterpiece, and what drives or inspires the artist to reach his/her full potential.

It is a bit of a pity that the film-making team here couldn't invest the same amount of love into their endeavours, as the artists who truly care about their work - like Max Loeb, the protagonist of this film. I rate this film 7/10 due to good, respectful treatment of the film's main theme, but not any higher due to a somewhat mediocre "delivering" of the film's message.


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