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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

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Sometimes a Great Notion

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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

It’s a family affair for Paul Newman as he produces and directs a feature film adaptation of Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Joanne Woodward stars as a dysfunctional widow struggling to survive while barely looking after her two teen daughters, a rebellious cheerleader (Roberta Wallach) seemingly destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps and a shy wallflower (Nell Potts, Newman and Woodward’s real-life daughter) striving to bloom.

“Producer-director Paul Newman has made his finest behind-the-camera film to date in the screen version of Paul Zindel’s play. As the slovenly, introverted mother of two young girls, Joanne Woodward brilliantly projects the pitiable character.” – Variety

“An engaging adaptation of Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which sees Paul Newman’s cool, lucid direction transforming what could have been a pretentious domestic drama into a touching account of small joys in sad and stunted lives. Woodward is excellent” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Ariel Schudson discusses The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Paul Newman
Starring
Joanne Woodward, Nell Potts, Roberta Wallach, Judith Lowry
Year
1972
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
100 minutes

Sometimes a Great Notion

The Stamper family credo – “Never give a inch” – is put to the test as they struggle with personal dramas, as well as the locals that try to sabotage their efforts and equipment, when they are ostracized for refusing to support the union walkout in their Oregon logging town. Hollywood icon Paul Newman pulled double duty as both the film’s star and its director – after Notion’s original director dropped out early in filming. Henry Fonda brings his legendary presence as the family’s patriarch, with a work ethic that supersedes any political issues with the town’s union. Michael Sarrazin is Newman’s half-brother Leland, who returns a prodigal son with a grudge against Fonda and a hippie sensibility, while Lee Remick struggles to understand the complicated nature of the family and their work. Newman captures the rough family trade with some incredible logging footage, its inherent danger, and the stubborn mindset the Stamper’s need to tackle it.

“Newman starts tunneling under the material, coming up with all sorts of things we didn’t quite expect, and along the way he proves himself as a director of sympathy and a sort of lyrical restraint.” – Roger Ebert

“Mr. Newman knows how to direct actors, and he has obtained lovely performances from Mr. Fonda, Michael Sarrazin and Richard Jaeckel, as well as from Lee Remick” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Kim Morgan discusses Sometimes A Great Notion on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Paul Newman
Starring
Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick, Michael Sarrazin, Richard Jaeckel
Year
1970
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
114 minutes

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