Cinema: In the Light of Day

The Irish playwright is frequently the archaeologist of the family of man. When he brings parents and children on stage, fossilized feelings, ancient troubles between man and wife, oedipal conflicts, all are brought to light without mercy.

In the tradition of O'Casey and O'Neill, Playwright Frank Gilroy explored his own origins in the bleak, painfully honest drama, The Subject Was Roses. This highly successful film version shows why it was both a popular and a critical success on Broadway and why it went on to win the 1965 Pulitzer Prize. Though Gilroy's craftsmanship is maladroit, he has a musician's ear for the...

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