Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

17 March 2012

The Briefest of Reviews from 1970

A weird poster for a very straightforward movie. I Never Sang for My Father successfully transfers Robert Anderson's play into the cinematic form. Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons are absolutely wonderful in this. (He was – inexplicably – nominated for Best Supporting Actor even though he is clearly the main character and has the bulk of the screen-time.) It is standard for Gil Cates's work to be small and simple, and this film is definitely that. But I Never Sang is very good for what it wishes to be.

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