Being a big fan of Montgomery Clift's films, it was pleasing to see this film get an official Region 2 release. Sadly, viewing the film did prove to be as pleasurable.
It runs at just over an hour, odd by any standards. This was due to the heavy amount of editing carried out on the film before release. Jennifer Jones's acting is truly awful in parts. She overacts throughout and in one scene in particular, where she was checking her make-up in a compact mirror, it was almost humourous how bad she was. The script at times is also laughable, with the Truman Capote writing credit only applicable for two scenes. Clift is brilliant in this as always, but even he cannot save it, especially when you compare this to other films of his such as 'A Place In The Sun' or 'The Search'. Clift himself said he hated the final product and thought it was a complete mess.
Reading through my review so far, it seems I am being quite harsh on this film. I enjoyed it in parts, and did not feel it was a complete waste of time. I think the story would have perhaps better suited a short film rather than this interpretation. Also, I have learned that there is a Region 1 release from the Criterion Group, with both versions of the film, the version on this DVD and the longer unedited version. Maybe that will prove to be less disappointing than this release?
Worth a watch for Monty fans, but do not come expecting his greatest work.