Cinema: An Early Death

PROMISES IN THE DARK Directed by Jerome Hellman Screenplay by Loring Mandel

Our society's mighty engines of banality can reduce anything to a bore, and death, the fad that replaced tennis, has lately been talked to death. A viewer may approach Promises in the Dark with some wariness, therefore, because the subject of the film is a 17-year-old girl's death after a long battle with cancer. But Promises is clear, direct and honest, and free of both cant and sentimentality. It is also lively, in the exact sense of the word; the flow of...

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