(J.L. Anderson, US 1967, 82 min., 35mm)
UCLA Festival of Preservation. “Director J.L. Anderson’s remarkable first—and only—feature, Spring Night, Summer Night has been claiming the attentions of a growing number of critics as it has gradually emerged from a decades-long obscurity. . . . Shot on location in rural southeastern Ohio, its rolling hills shimmering in eddies of black-and-white grain, accentuated by the film’s low-key lighting, Spring Night brings an earthy poetry to its death trap portrait of small town America. In the clamor at the family dinner table, Carl (Ted Heimerdinger) and Jessie (Larue Hall), the eldest children in a blended brood, see the grinding trajectory of their lives laid out: from carefree youth to embittered adulthood to forgotten old-age. Both, secretly, hungering for escape, they rebel against the ties that bind them to this place and to each other through an illicit act of love that brings both tender and traumatic consequences.” – Paul Malcolm, UCLA
Preservation funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute.
35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.