William Inge had his finger on the pulse of small town America. Hewasn't checking the heartbeats of its inhabitants but his own. I'vejust said that as if I knew all about it and I don't, but I sense it. Imean, "Splendor In The Grass", "The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs","Come Back Little Sheeba" That's all the evidence we need to know thathe was a male writer with a woman's heart. "Picnic" epitomises thattheory. Director Joshua Logan and writer Daniel Taradash trusted Inge'sworld without questioning it. Everything flows with the irrationalsanity of a woman's heart. William Holden was a bit too old for thepart but who cares! He is William Holden, capable to provoke passionsof Mediterranean intensity at any age. He seems a bit self conscious attimes and that helps the character's foibles no end. Kim Novak isbreathtaking. Susan Strasberg milks her tomboy with a longing for allits worth. Betty Field, Daisy Buchanan in the original "Great Gatsby",gives a masterful performance without uttering a word that may revealwhat she's actually feeling, until the end of course. That scene inwhich she tries to stop her daughter from going away, is as muchField's as it is Inge's. Rosalind Russell didn't get the Oscar for hersuperb, time bomb disguised in a school teacher's dress, performance.Her craving for sex and romance and sex and marriage and sex is as boldas anything she had ever done and Rosalind Russell new how to be boldfrom "His Girl Friday" to "Auntie Mame". The Moonglow sequence hasbecome a classic moment in pictures. Deservedly so. I would suggest, ifyou haven't done it yet, take a trip through William Inge's territory.Familiar faces, familiar landscapes, familiar feelings, all completelynew.
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Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.
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The morning of a small town Labor Day picnic, a drifter (Hal Carter) blows into town to visit an old fraternity buddy (Alan Benson) who also happens to be the son of the richest man in town. Hal is an egocentric braggart - all potential and no accomplishment. He meets up with Madge Owens, the town beauty queen and girlfriend of Alan Benson.
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Reviewed byDonald AgustamarianVote: 7/10/10
It pains me to see people miss Picnic's message; as people hastily labelitas 'outdated' or flawed in any way, they neglect the fact that what Inge,Logan, and the cast have offered us is indeed universal. Set on Labor Dayweekend in Middle America, this is a film about the bittersweet irony ofliving in a world governed by rules and time. The characters in Picnic isconfronted by a demon that, if not dealt with appropriately, serves toconsume them and ensure that they become the thing they most fear. In adesperate search to find love, Rosemary (Rosalind Russell) alienatespeopleto the extent that she seems increasingly destined to be alone. Admiredthroughout the town for her beauty, Madge (Kim Novak), in herunwillingnessor inability to assert herself, is trapped inside her pretty face andfindsshe cannot build a character to support it. Her younger sister Millie(SusanStrasberg) is devoted to intellectual pursuit but finds her intellectualsuperiority complex serves to limit her peer group and rob her of herchildhood. She is seen throughout the film sneaking cigarettes, and at onepoint steals a swig of whiskey, all in a rather revealing display of herconflict with regards to her place in the transition from youth toadulthood. Mrs Owens (Betty Field), having been left by her husbandpresumably for a younger woman, attempts to force Madge into an earlymarriage to a rich man so that she will not face the same anguish, but herdominating insistence on Madge's beauty as her chief asset is whateventually drives her away with little regret.This truly is the story of the varying ways people create and deal withsolitude. Each character undergoes the struggle we all must to find apersonbeneath the masks we hide behind. It is a study of the irony of theevanescence of happiness - at this Labor Day picnic that is the greatjoyfulgathering of the entire town, each of our main characters seeks their ownescape. The emotional rawness of the end of Summer is exposed and servesasthe perfect time for seasonal as well as personal transition. They areall,in effect, living parts of a sunset, as described by Russell in perhapsthemost significant examination of time in the film. Holden's character isunique in that it is a true testament to the everyman and the power ofchance. His arrival in this town is in fact the catalyst for reflectionandaction, and he shakes things up without having any inherent wisdom orinspiration (he is actually something of a moron, thus his ability to makethings happen is so much more intriguing). That this is a passionate andbeautifully acted (the occasional vacancy and slowness only areinforcementof the emotional stagnancy Logan intends to have us defeat) love storywitha heart-wrenchingly beautiful theme song is only icing on the cake.
Top rating of the film with one major flaw. This film was originally released in anamorphic (widescreen) and 4 track stereo. All of the DVD releases use pan-scan, which in today's world is ludicrous. You can view the widescreen on Netflix watch instantly when it is available, but if you buy or rent it in it's currently available versions, you get only half of the incredible cinematography. Why would they destroy such a wonderful film? I believe that in order to experience a film of this stature, one should at least be able to see all of what Joshua Logan intended. Aspect ratios aside, this film is a remarkable experience, especially the soundtrack by George Duning. Novak is perfect for the role, and to be realistic William Holden is a bit old for the role of Hal. The subplot romance between Rosalind Russell and Arthur O'Connell just about steals the show. James Wong Howe's spectacular cinematography is the final touch to a really great Hollywood version of the Broadway play. Dated, yes, but still beautiful.