Digitized From Vhs, and Good
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Paddy Chayefsky evokes a cynical Tennesee Williams in his
screenplay for The Goddess, Hollywood cautionary tale directed by
veteran John Cromwell. Episodic in progression and the film is
broken into three pulpy chapters and serves as a spotlight
for a daring Kim Stanley performance, playing within the middle-brow
arena of melodrama even as it stages dark comedy and acute
In The Goddess, Stanley is Emily Ann Faulkner, a broken woman
from a rural hick town who has been abandoned by her irresponsible
mother. The child is portrayed by Patty Duke. Betty Lou Holland is persuasive as the selfish biological mother. She is raised by relatives, primarily a Seventh
Day Adventist aunt. Stardom, however, is Emily's higher calling.
As Emily, Stanley delivers a bravura performance that recalls fellow Actors Studio
player Geraldine Page in her big-screen stabs at Tennessee Williams.
*** PLEASE NOTE: This item is digitized from a VHS Master, so the quality is good but not excellent, there is some audio disturbance in the beginning, and then approximately 3/4 of the way in. Still, very watchable.