Rachel, Rachel
First screened in September 2005 / Most recently screened in September 2008
Director: Paul Newman. Cast: Joanne Woodward, James Olson, Estelle Parsons, Kate Harrington, Donald Moffat, Frank Corsaro, Nell Potts, Bernard Barrow, Terry Kiser, Geraldine Fitzgerald. Screenplay: Stewart Stern (based on the novel A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence).

Twitter Capsule: Despite some stylistic tricks that feel imposed, Newman and cast achieve a remarkable level of sustained insight.

VOR:   You might accuse Newman of over-directing, or at least of being too flashy, but the riskier and quieter aspects of his approach culminate in a story like none we ever see anymore.

Photo © 1968 Warner Bros. Pictures/Seven Arts

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Actress: Joanne Woodward
Best Supporting Actress: Estelle Parsons
Best Adapted Screenplay: Stewart Stern

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Paul Newman
Best Actress (Drama): Joanne Woodward

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director; Best Actress (Woodward)

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