Splendor in Grass [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The film takes the viewer to the bucolic Midwest of the nineteen twenties. There, the viewer meets small town, high school sweethearts, the lovely Wilma Dean Loomis (Natalie Wood) and the handsome and wealthy Bud Stamper (Warren Beatty). Wilma, "Deanie" to her friends, is head over heels in love with Bud, and he is head over heels in love with "Deanie". They want to get married right after graduation, and Bud wants to farm the family ranch.
The only problem is Bud's Father. He wants Bud to cool it with "Deanie" and to see other girls for the fun of it. He wants Bud to attend an Ivy League college and put off getting married. Bud tries to comply and cools it with "Deanie". The problem is that things had heated up between them before the breakup, and "Deanie" cannot adjust to being without Bud. Her heartbreak is palpable, and Natalie Wood's performance is so poignant, the viewer can just about hear her heart break, when she sees Bud with another girl. It is her yearning for what was that ultimately brings her to the bittersweet edge of despair. Likewise, it is Bud's yearning for "Deanie" that makes him behave in ways that are contrary to his own interests.
Well, the best laid plans often go awry, and things do not work out for Bud or "Deanie" the way they had originally planned. Their world is rent asunder by the vicissitudes of life and the impact of world events and others on their plans.Read more ›
This is a Freudian film of repressed sexuality and its consequences, that takes place in 1925 in Kansas. The two stars Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood are high school seniors who can't consummate their love due to social constraints of their time. As far fetched as it may seem within today's mores, this was the case in the 1920's. This was Warren Beatty's first film, and it was a great showcase to his future film career. Natalie Wood shines in this film, and as I watched this film I wondered what kind of mental illness occurred in her family. Wood's character had a real shrew as a mother, and Beatty's father was an overbearing, unloving man.
The director was Elian Kazan, one of those directors who was not afraid to break down the barriers of sexual,frustration. No emotion was left bare, this is the real deal. Excellent acting and characterization, one of those films that should be seen by everyone.
Recommended. prisrob 10-06-13
The extra features are the theatrical trailer, and a Roadrunner cartoon from the same year, which was oscar-nominated.
The product is in a very good condition and it arrived in a very secure and safe packaging.
I watched it years later again and happy to keep it in my "Favorite love stories" collection. Natalie Wood is brilliant as the borderline teenager who loves the troubled Bud..The poem which makes the title for the movieis a poem of Walt Whitman and I had heard it for the first time when I watched this movie. Walt Whitman is one of my favorite poest since then. It is a love story which has a happy ending if you ask me in the sense that the poem describes. The pains and memories of a destructive first love and recovery from its pain for both characters in different ways. It's about loving someone a bit too much and letting go of the obsession in the end which doesn't always come with a small price. I remember crying a lot when I watched it for the first time but it didn't have the same affect as I wasn't a teenager and grew up like the main characters of the movie. It's a good drama about love and loss and I definitely suggest to those who tries to understand all the aspects of love.
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Great Elia Kazan film - Warren Beatty's first film with Natalie Wood - powerful performncesPublished 12 months ago by Mr Christopher John Mercer
I really enjoyed watching this film again it brought back memoriesPublished 13 months ago by RATSYPATSY
First watched this yrs ago and never forgot it what a lovely but sad film women must see this its lovely and very well actedPublished 16 months ago by nancy jackson