The revelations here though are Lee Remick and Jo Van Fleet. Lee is utterly spellbinding in every scene as her emotionally stunted widow comes back to life, she and Clift are such a perfect team. Then there is Jo Van Fleet, 45 playing 90 as the old Ella Garth. There should have been at least nominations for them. The plot is dreamlike and takes it’s time as we get used to the TVA and the locals (and the thorny subject of equal pay for black and white) and Ella’s island and her stubbornness in not wanting to leave her land. It has to be my favourite Kazan [I have seen EAST OF EDEN too many times]. Bruce Dern is an uncredited extra and that 1930s rural poverty is so tangible it permeates everything. The poster below makes it look like an actioner, but it is mainly a quiet, reflective film. I certainly won't leave it so long to visit this again and again.
PLUS: Some photos from the hard-to-see-now THE RUNNING MAN, Carol Reed's thriller from 1963 - it's nice to look at as Lee and Laurence Harvey carry out their insurance scam, hiding in Spain (before all those tourists arrived) as insurance man Alan Bates turns up - does he suspect them or is he just interested in Lee? Bates and Remick are a very attractive pair here.