Home from the Hill (Minnelli, 1959): BFI Southbank, NFT1 8.10pm
This film, screening as part of the Vincente Minnelli season at BFI Southbank, will also be shown on May 20 and May 26. Details here.
Time Out review:
'In this small-town America melodrama, Mitchum
plays the coolly licentious head of a Texan family, Parker his frigid
wife. Both vie for the allegiance of their son (Hamilton), coming to
terms with his patriarchal inheritance until he discovers the existence
of an illegitimate half-brother (Peppard). Then all hell breaks loose as
the sins of the father are visited on the son. Minnelli's intelligent
use of scope, colour and all the technical resources Metro could offer
would make it watchable enough. His ability to present the network of
relationships between his quartet of characters so that all four are
presented in a sympathetic light, and particularly his portrayal of the
central oedipal psychodrama (Hamilton is excellent), make it explosive
Here is the trailer.