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Summer Storm [DVD]

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  • Actors: Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Edward Everett Horton, Anna Lee, Hugo Haas
  • Directors: Douglas Sirk
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050ITR6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,464 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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First UK DVD release of this 1944 drama from RKO Pictures. It s a tale of power and passions when a Russian siren (Linda Darnell), who wants the finer things in life, sinks her hooks into a judge (George Sanders), a decadent aristocrat (Edward Everett Horton) and an estate superintendent (Hugo Haas), with surprising results. Fine direction by master auteur Douglas Sirk and an Oscar-nominated score highlight this adaptation of the Anton Chekhov drama The Shooting Party . Oscar nominated in 1945 for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Extra features include: Theatrical Trailer

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Count Volsky (Edward Everett Horton) submits a book to be published at the publishing house owned by a former acquaintance, Nadena (Anna Lee). It is an account of the life of his friend and Nadena's one-time boyfriend, Judge Fedor (George Sanders) and it takes place over the summer months. Nadeena reads the manuscript and the story unfolds in flashback as we are introduced to a peasant girl, Olga (Linda Darnell). We follow her journey to obtain wealth and power and the lovers that she cheats in order to obtain her goals. The account is written by Fedor and he does not know that his friend Volsky has sold it for money. How will he react....especially given the contents.....?

The film is set in Russia where there is a definite class split. We see Olga climb her way to the top at the expense of those who fall in love with her. Then, there is a dramatic twist - a murder. Who is the killer? The cast are good - Horton is funny, Sanders is both suave and desperate, Darnell is ruthless while Sig Ruman is particularly good as Kuzma, Darnell's husband. The film is a love story that is particularly tense and dramatic at the end. There is a terrible substitute for the word "lightning" that is repeated a few times in the film, an attempt to draw in the viewer to sympathize with those that utter it. It fails. If anyone said "heavenly electricity" to me, I'd tell them to talk properly. Nevertheless, it's a good film and worth seeing again.
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Not a particularly good film, although Linda Darnell puts in a good performance. Nothing special from George Sanders. He's just doing his job as a studio contract actor.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda's first real chance to shine 25 Nov. 2012
By J. Nixon - Published on Amazon.com
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Early Hollywood Sirk film presented Linda Darnell with her first real opportunity to show that she had far more talent than the fluffy girl roles she had been handed up to that point. Unfortunately except for rare occasions like Fallen Angel, Hangover Square and A Letter to Three Wives she didn't get many more chances to shine although she was always excellent with the material provided. Aside from her this has an excellent cast all giving fine performances and many hints of the Sirk touch that would bloom fully a few years on.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 18 Nov. 2013
By HELLENIC - Published on Amazon.com
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the story was great and the actors were just as fine
I recommend this too anyone and I am glad to add this to my collection.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sirk's view of Chekov 30 July 2012
By Z. T. Astner - Published on Amazon.com
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A very peculiar film indeed. Chekov's only novel has been set in postrevolutionary Russia, which is surprising enough, but what for me was even more surprising was to see George Sanders in what I beleive must be his best part ever, or at least as good as the one he creates in Rosellini's Viaggio in Italia. The last fifteen minutes of this movie is filled with one great surprise after the other, and even though I wasn't that interested before, I was truly fascinated to see where Sirk and Sanders took me, and how moved I was, finally, by the whole experience of "Summer Storm".
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The story itself... 7 May 2013
By Kel Michaels Mantell - Published on Amazon.com
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is ok; got it because George Sanders is in it; one of my favorites! At first, disc wouldn't play; had to coax it 3 times to play. Machine said no disc; and I took it out; put back in; still wouldn't play; did this three times; and my player is fine! I finally coaxed it to play so hope it plays the next time I try to watch it!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars offbeat but interesting small movie. 28 Feb. 2010
By Frankdecavalcante - Published on Amazon.com
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This looks like a low budget version of a classic Russian story. But it has the advantage of a fine cast, interesting story, and assured direction. George Sanders, as ever, is outstanding, and Linda Darnell in her vixen mode, is quite good.
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