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Ethan Frome (1992)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, Joan Allen, more...
Director: John Madden
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Drama, Costume Drama/Period Piece
Running Time: 99 min.
Languages: English
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Ethan Frome is an adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1911 novella . Set in Massachusetts in the late-19th century, the film relates the sad story of reclusive farmer Ethan Frome (Liam Neeson). Considering himself too homely for romance, he enters into a loveless marriage with the wealthy but spiteful Zeena (Joan Allen). Things become nearly unendurable when Zeena becomes an invalid, imperiously demanding her husband's attentions day and night. Ethan seeks solace in an affair with Zeena's pretty cousin Mattie Silver (Patricia Arquette), who has arrived to act as housekeeper. Produced on behalf of PBS' American Playhouse, Ethan Frome was released theatrically in late 1992. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Let's Go To New England by squad October 26, 2004 - 4:10 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If like me you pick films for a look at unique locations, then this will give you an authentic taste of New England Winter. The one exception to authenticity here is a scene depicting a Winter burial, which to this day is rare. Not so much now due to frost because a backhoe can penetrate the frozen ground, but snow plowing a cemetery is still cost prohibitive. I also took exception at the condition of the farm buildings and of various props which show a century and a half of weather-beating. In the 1850s (The date on a prop "Scientific American" magazine), these buildings would most likely have been fresh sawed. Picky, picky, I know. This is a movie that appeals I think to the hanky crowd, because it is tragically romantic. Personally I thought it moved a little slow, but that's a guy thing probably. I rented this to see my territory through the camera lens, and it made me feel thankful to live in a distinctive area, New England. Winter is the master here, the other seasons it's slaves. It keeps you on your toes, and gives meaning. Like a breath of fresh air as they say.

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