If The Four Seasons was never a play, it should have been, since it's based on the most stagey, dialog-bound original screenplay in memory. A lightweight, overly contrived examination of the relationship among three couples who vacation together four times over course of story, Alan Alda's feature directorial debut is middle-brow, middle-aged material.
If The Four Seasons was never a play, it should have been, since it’s based on the most stagey, dialog-bound original screenplay in memory. A lightweight, overly contrived examination of the relationship among three couples who vacation together four times over course of story, Alan Alda’s feature directorial debut is middle-brow, middle-aged material.
Pic’s structure is too strikingly similar to that of Same Time Next Year to ignore the fact that Alda starred in screen adaptation of that Broadway hit.
Tale is populated strictly with Ordinary People, but Alda’s script doesn’t begin to scratch the surface to discover what makes them tick and is particularly stingy in giving Carol Burnett and Rita Moreno anything to work with.
New England and Virgin Islands locations are fresh and well chosen, and Vivaldi background score helps lend a tony atmosphere to the proceedings.
The Four Seasons
Universal. Director Alan Alda; Producer Martin Bregman; Screenplay Alan Alda; Camera Victor J. Kemper; Editor Michael Economou; Music Antonio Vivaldi; Art Director Jack Collis
(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 107 MIN.
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