The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

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Ben Quick arrives in Frenchman's Bend, MS after being kicked out of another town for allegedly burning a barn for revenge. Will Varner owns just about everything in Frenchman's Bend and he hires Ben to work in his store. Will thinks his own son, Jody, who manages the store, lacks ambition and despairs him getting his wife, Eula, pregnant. Will thinks his daughter, Clara, a schoolteacher, will never get married. He decides that Ben Quick might make a good husband for Clara to bring some new blood into the family.

"The Long, Hot Summer" is a 1958 drama film directed by Martin Ritt and showcases Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa and Orson Welles in essential functions. The story is adjusted from William Faulkner's collection of short stories, 'The Hamlet'. The film captures the essence of Southern life, complete with familial stress, romance, and power struggles in a little, heatwave-afflicted town.

Plot Overview
Newman plays Ben Quick, a well-known barn burner presumed guilty by his track record, expelled from his home town and left wandering. He wanders into a southern town managed by the wealthy patriarch, Will Varner (Welles). Varner, an intimidating character and prideful dad, sees a chance in Ben Quick's arrival to shake his indolent boy, Jody (Franciosa), and groom Ben for succession. After establishing Quick's character, Varner employs him in his store, which marks the beginning of a desirable journey.

Characters And Their Relationships
Varner's child, Clara (Woodward), is an informed woman who values her self-reliance. Varner desires her to marry Ben as he thinks that their union would lead to an ideal son-in-law and improved possibility of grandchildren. However, Clara withstands these plans, resulting in an intricate romantic element in the story.

Ben, being extremely ambitious, is figured out to find a-- metaphorically and literally-- 'cool spot' in the torrid heat of the summer season in the town. In time, he pictures that the best way forward is to make Varner's possessions, especially since Clara has actually likewise caught his eye.

Conflict And Resolution
Throughout the movie, stress rise as Jody ends up being increasingly hostile towards Ben due to the fact that of his daddy's favoritism. On the other hand, Clara resists her dad's attempts to control her life, specifically concerning her marital potential customers. Ben, observing his brand-new interactions with others, struggles to maintain his newly found status and bridges the space between his past reputation and future goals.

In the climax of the story, a barn burns down, stimulating suspicion once again towards Quick. However, he emerges victorious by saving the concerned parties in the event and showing his innocence in the fire. This event causes a resolution for two considerable disputes in the story. Varner verifies Ben's innocence and accepts him as the prospective beneficiary, and Clara, seeing the bravery and generosity in Ben, becomes open up to the possibility of their union.

"The Long, Hot Summer" checks out the themes of manly identity, power, money, and love. The film showcases excellent performances, particularly from Newman who magnificently renders the complex character of Ben Quick, making his change credible and relatable. The movie impeccably portrays the escalating stress within the Varner household, the detailed balance of power in the town, and the suffocating heatwave which acts as an efficient metaphor for highlighting the narrative's underlying themes and disputes. The storytelling is well-constructed by encrypted discussions and the environment of the steamy American South. The extreme and sumptuous drama, coupled with an effective cast, successfully depicts Faulkner's tale of ambition, identity and redemption.

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