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      Summer Storm

      Released Jul 14, 1944 1h 45m Drama List
      Reviews 20% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Beginning in 1912, a Russian siren (Linda Darnell) brings ruin to herself and the men who touch her life. Read More Read Less

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      Dave Kehr Chicago Reader George Sanders is superb as a weak, corrupt judge facing both his past and the specter of the revolution, and Edward Everett Horton contributes an extraordinary dramatic turn as a provincial count. Jul 19, 2019 Full Review Sara Hamilton Photoplay Either there was magic in the direction of Douglas Sirk, or something of the decadent Russia prior to the Revolution found its way into the heart of each player, for seldom have we seen every performer rise to meet the fullest possibilities of his role. Nov 24, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews None of the characters were likable, but the tragic story is well-executed by the talented director and Sanders and Darnell give fine performances. Rated: B Mar 5, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Russian peasant girl uses men to advance her social status. Sirk film based on Chekhov's Shooting Party. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Early american Sirk film is a little slow but still interesting version of Chekov's The Shooting Party. His signature stylistic elements are not wholly in evidence yet although he uses shadows effectively and he gets excellent work from his cast particularly Edward Everett Horton playing a more complex part then usual. Linda Darnell is also most impressive in the first of the bad girl roles in which she excelled, she is almost supernaturally beautiful. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member 2.5: It definitely doesn't start out like any Sirk film I'd ever previously seen and the trend continues all the way through. This has something to do with both the lack of color and the Russian setting. I wouldn't call myself a Sirk expert by any means, but his work obviously varies a bit more widely than I realized. The story does seem to be overflowing with repressed feelings, regret, and passion though, which fits perfectly with Sirk's ouvere. Still, seeing a Sirk picture adapted from a Chekhov novel and set from 1912-1919 in Russia seems odd. I associate Sirk more with the 1950's and American social commentary. Using vibrant and powerful color to denote overpowering emotions is a definitive attribute of his later work as well, but he doesn't have that option here. The costumes are perhaps the most ridiculous aspect of the film, but this isn't the only element that makes the picture stick out as a product of the studio system. It still bears witness to the unique Sirk style, but he obviously doesn't have the kind of creative freedom here that he enjoyed in later years. I'm surprised Sirk cowrote the script. The picture was an extreme disappointment for me though. I'm not a fan of any of the actors and I thought some actually gave poor performances. Their styles are not particularly well suited to Sirk's, which creates a conflict where there should be none. The story was a bit too predictable, but the final minute or two make it worthwhile. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Beginning in 1912, a Russian siren (Linda Darnell) brings ruin to herself and the men who touch her life.
      Douglas Sirk
      Rowland Leigh
      United Artists
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 14, 1944, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Oct 20, 2009
      1h 45m