Cinema: Electra Shocks

A granite-faced seaman sits waiting in a saloon. The voice behind him is soft and beckoning. He rises and holds the pregnant girl in his arms. The beaming, reunited couple could be lovers —but they are father and daughter. By the time her common-law husband joins the pair, it is clear that riverrun becomes Electra.

In past films (Crazy Quilt, Funnyman), Director John Korty has shown a predilection for whimsy. Here, almost as a reaction, he presents a stark, lean story of a young couple who go back to the land to scratch out...

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