The best Presentation Of Pearl Buck May 18, 2010
TITLE: Satan Never Sleeps
GENRE: Historical Romance/Fantasy
CAST: William Holden, France Nuyen, Clifton Webb and Weaver Lee
PLOT: Chinese girl during the Mao Revolution attaches herself as a result of love to a Catholic priest. She learns that priests do not marry but wants to stay the course in case the priest wants to become a marriable minister instead. The Commie bad guys show up and mess everyone's lives up. Until their bosses show up and...
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9.6 of 10; This is largely a three character play, exhibiting the not unaccomplished skills of Holden Nuyen and Webb. I have just watched From Here To Eternity and am aghast at the differences of presentation. In FHTE no shot lasts longer than 10 secs nor any character allowed more than two successive sentences of dialoge. In Satan Never Sleeps (From a story by nobel winner Pearl Buck) there are parts where the scene goes on uninterrupted for 2-3 minutes with the actors perfectly reciting their lines and performing subtle facial nuances which tell of mood and emotion. TREMENDOUS.
DVD BONUS: Sorry, I got the VHS TAPE
ADDED NOTES: For garden enthusiasts, there is a heavenly Chinese (not Japanese) garden as one of the minor sets. A whole two hours could be spent going over the design of that work of art alone. I want that in my DVD BONUS when I get it. I do not think any other actress has said more than France Nuyen expresses silently with her face orientations alone.