The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds

Miami Beach Cinematheque. October 2nd, 2008.   Miami Beach Cinematheque. Miami FilmAnother film by Paul Newman, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds from 1972, will be screened at the Miami Beach Cinematheque on October 2nd, 2008 at 8:30 p.m.

"Life's been a real bitch to Beatrice Hunsdorfer. And vice versa." Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Paul Zindel, this is another critically acclaimed joint effort of husband and wife team Newman and Woodward. Produced and directed by Newman, Woodward portrays the eccentric young widow who is raising her two disparate daughters in an atmosphere of bitterness, hatred and over-protection that threatens their very growth and development.

The title of the movie reflects the mothers’ anger at her daughter's science teacher, when her daughter’s experiment shows how radiation kills marigolds, but sometimes causes them to grow more beautiful. This experiment becomes a metaphor for her own life, as she struggles to bloom in a household deadened by her mother's alcoholism and her sister's lethargy.

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