Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Giving "Diamond" an Appraisal
Before the movie closes, somewhat open-endedly, but with clues to its ultimate direction, a few folks seem to have come close to having a happy ending, but there has also been a lot of pain and sacrifice for others.
Rome Adventure (1962) and they all share colorful locales populated by beautiful people in beautiful clothes. I eat up anything produced by Ross Hunter and even though this movie WASN'T produced by him, it was put together by Jerry Bresler, who later produced Love Has Many Faces (1965, a still of which is shown at right) and that will do nicely in a pinch! (He also produced the troubled Heston western Major Dundee, 1965.)
Skyjacked, they would play estranged lovers. As the product of a mixed marriage herself (a French father and a Mexican mother), she could surely find herself attuned to the subject matter explored here. Now seventy-one, she works in real estate and has other interests.
here. At the time of Diamond, he'd won the Oscar for 1961's West Side Story and was beginning to win much bigger and better roles than he'd previously been given (usually as a dancer or in a bit role.) Like Mimieux, the 1970s seemed to signal a turn to television versus movies. Now seventy-eight, Chakiris has been retired from acting since 1996 and lives a peaceful, low-key life designing unique pieces of sterling silver jewelry.
Paul Lynde's and, in fact, played his wife in the infamous sitcom The Paul Lynde Show (1972-1973.) Retiring in 1983, she died in 2006 of kidney failure at the age of seventy-seven.
Ice Palace!) and Edward Mallory as one of Heston's political cronies. Mallory served for fourteen years (1966-1980) as Bill Horton on Days of Our Lives and was part of a highly successful love triangle involving him, his brother and his brother's wife (who'd bore his son.)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974, needless to say, life-changing movies for me!), which in turn led to Jaws (1975), whereupon his cinematic scoring career was assured all the way to the present day. He is the recipient of five Oscars with close to forty additional nominations!
Susan Slade (1961), By Love Possessed (1961), A Rage to Live (1965) and the like ought to be able to settle into Diamond Head with ease. Certainly, the authentic locations aid the movie immensely as do the slick, but committed, performances. I, for one, always look forward to discovering another one of these old-fashioned soaps, since the genre - on the big screen, anyway - has long since dried up, with barely a residue remaining.