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Tender is the Night

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Original title
Tender is the Night
Year
Running time
146 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ivan Moffat (Novel: F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Music
Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography
Leon Shamroy
Cast
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Producer
20th Century Fox
Genre
Drama | 1920s
Movie Groups
F. Scott Fitzgerald Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
David O. Selznick had intended to film an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night as a vehicle for his wife Jennifer Jones. But financial difficulties compelled Selznick to sell the property (including Ms. Jones' services) to 20th Century-Fox. Jones stars as a wealthy but disturbed woman of the 1920s who marries her psychiatrist (Jason Robards Jr.). They live together at her Riviera estate, where the doctor's analytical skills atrophy. As Jones grows stronger, the doctor becomes totally dependent upon her emotionally and financially. The film's supporting characters are equally self-destructive, notably an alcoholic composer (Tom Ewell) and Jones' avaricious sister (Joan Fontaine). Perhaps if Selznick had produced Tender is the Night, the film wouldn't have wallowed in misery for its own sake; on the other hand, we still would have been stuck with Jennifer Jones, who is woefully miscast. (Hal Erickson: All Movie Guide)
Awards
1962: Nominated for Oscar: Best Song
1962: National Board of Review: Best Actor (Robards)
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