Steve McQueen plays an aspiring rock ‘n’ roll singer in rural Texas whose reckless behavior threatens to derail his career before it even begins; Lee Remick is the sweet, naive woman who sticks by him. This 1965 feature marks the second time that director Robert Mulligan and writer Horton Foote collaborated on an adaptation of Foote’s stage drama The Traveling Lady (the first was in 1957, when they created a one-hour version for TV), which might explain why it feels a little too thought-out for its own good. Foote’s metaphors and psychological insights are so clearly delineated that there’s little room for spontaneity, though the actors do what they can with the space they’re given. The impressive high-contrast black-and-white cinematography is by Ernest Laszlo (Kiss Me Deadly, Inherit the Wind).
Baby, the Rain Must Fall
1 hour 40 min • 2013