Long Day's Journey Into Night
by Eugene O'Neill
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This is really powerful stuff, with a killer performance by Katharine Hepburn. Sidney Lumet directs, and Jason Robards, who is basically the most accomplished O'Neill actor of all time, plays Jamie.
This one features Sir Laurence Olivier, which is, you know, pretty sweet. Directed by Peter Wood.
This is cool – the Irish-American family is substituted with an African-American family. The always-awesome Ruby Dee stars as Mary.
Nominated for a Golden Globe and boasting a stellar cast: Peter Gallagher (Edmund), Jack Lemmon (James), and Kevin Spacey (Jamie). Directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.
So, some awesome YouTube user put up a bunch of clips from Lumet's 1962 film. Here, James finds out Edmund has tuberculosis from Act II, Scene Two. You can see most of Act IV, actually.
Edmund talks about the fog in Act IV.
Edmund talking about his time on the sea from Act IV.
James talks about Mary's Father in Act IV
Jamie's confession from Act IV.
Mary's final scene.
This is a fantastic review of the premiere performance of Long Day's Journey. It was first performed in Stockholm, Sweden. The review is worth checking out just for the commentary on how the Swedes reacted to O'Neill's work and to his relationship to Swedish playwright August Strindberg (who's mentioned in the play). Basically, some critics thought O'Neill was the best thing since Shakespeare, and others were horrified that his reputation could beat out those of Scandinavian dramatists like Strindberg and Ibsen.
Some interesting stuff on the play's early life.
This is pretty cool – a short autobiography O'Neill wrote when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature.