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(aka "Spring Night, Summer Night ")

 

Directed by Joseph L. Anderson
USA 1967

 

With its non-professional cast, this sensitive drama, which explores the intimate relationship between a farmer's daughter and her half-brother, is American independent cinema's closest relation to Italian Neorealism. Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn in a beautiful new restoration, Joseph L Anderson's film played international festivals in 2019 to great acclaim.

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Italian Neorealism meets the coal-mining country of southeast Ohio in this little-seen wonder of 1960s, American independent cinema. Director J.L. Anderson, a film professor at the University of Ohio, utilized non-professional actors, on-location photography, a shoestring budget, and a passionate knowledge of international film to create what Richard Brody of The New Yorker calls a "tense, myth-drenched drama of liberation and retribution. "Carl (Ted Heimerdinger) and Jessie (Larue Hall) are half-siblings who feel trapped by the existential and economic pressures of living in the small mining town of Canaan, Ohio. Their shared rebellion soon takes on the form of an illicit love affair depicted in interwoven sequences of lusty poeticism and ethnographic vιritι. When Jessie becomes pregnant, the tension between the couple's youthful vitality and the dire realities of rural society leads to consequences both despairing and hopeful. Bumped from it's premiere slot at the 1968 New York Film Festival to make room for John Cassavetes' Faces, the fate of Spring Night Summer Night was nearly sealed when it's original distributor insisted that it be recut as an exploitation film under the title Miss Jessica Is Pregnant. Fortunately, thanks to the brilliant restoration efforts of Peter Conheim, Ross Lipman, and filmmaker Nicholas Winding Refn-along with the generous support of Refn's byNWR-the film was scanned in 4K resolution from the 35mm camera negative, and carefully reconstructed according to J.L. Anderson's original vision.

-Amazon description of the Flicker Alley BD release HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 1967 (Pesaro Film Festival)

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Review: Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:23:43.143         
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,754,552,904 bytes

Feature: 24,250,082,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.55 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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Studio:
Indicator

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,754,552,904 bytes

Feature: 24,250,082,880 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.55 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• 'Spring Night Summer Night': 50 Years Later (2020): retrospective documentary by Glenn Litton featuring interviews with writer-director Joseph L Anderson, writer-producer Franklin Miller, actors John Crawford, Ted Heimerdinger and Larue Hall, and sound editor Tom Peterson (24:23)
• I'm Goin' to Straitsville (2020): documentary revisiting the Columbus, Ohio locations with Franklin and Judy Miller, and archivist and restoration supervisor Peter Conheim (14:07)
• Cleveland Cinematheque Q&A (2016): cast and crew panel discussion (47:14)
• 16mm On-set Footage (1967, silent or with commentary): rare and previously unseen material from the film's production (1:02:54)
• In the Middle of the Nights (2020): video essay by restoration supervisor Ross Lipman comparing Spring Night Summer Night to its 'sexploitation' recut, Miss Jessica Is Pregnant (13:18)
• Three short films by Anderson, comprising the 'Bluegrass Trilogy': Football as It Is Played Today (1961 - 5:40), How Swived (1962 - 5:26), and Cheers (1963 - 5:06)

• Stills Gallery
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Ian Mantgani, Glenn Litton's memories of director Joseph L Anderson, Peter Conheim on the film's restoration, a look at the career of distributor Joseph L Brenner, an overview of critical responses, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 25th, 2020
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Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (May 2020): Indicator have transferred Joseph L. Anderson's Spring Night Summer Night  to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "New 4K restoration" and "...thanks to the brilliant restoration efforts of Peter Conheim, Ross Lipman, and filmmaker Nicholas Winding Refn-along with the generous support of Refn's byNWR-the film was scanned in 4K resolution from the 35mm camera negative, and carefully reconstructed according to J.L. Anderson's original vision." It is so wonderful to get clandestine films like this exposed via a restoration in the 1080P format. The image looks excellent - far better than I would have imagined. A lot of passion went into this 4K-restored project and the results are impressive - almost miraculous showing deft contrast, fine grain, occasional depth and the dual-layered transfer with a max'ed out bitrate provides a superlative HD presentation. Kudos to all involved! 

On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. The film's audio is subject to its original production limitations, but this restoration is clean, consistent with all dialogue audible. There is no credited score but some music and singing, in the bar, sounding authentically flat but carrying some pleasing expression. Indicator offer optional English subtitles on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray includes a new 25-minute retrospective documentary by Glenn Litton entitled Spring Night Summer Night': 50 Years Later. It features interviews with writer-director Joseph L. Anderson, writer-producer Franklin Miller, actors John Crawford, Ted Heimerdinger and Larue Hall, and sound editor Tom Peterson. Great to see them all reminiscing about the production. I'm Goin' to Straitsville is a new 1/4 hour documentary revisiting the Columbus, Ohio locations with Franklin and Judy Miller, and archivist and restoration supervisor Peter Conheim utilizing split-screens as they were driving around the old locations. We get to see a 3/4 hour 'Cleveland Cinematheque Q&A' from 2016 with the cast and crew panel participating in a discussion. For those very keen there is over an hour's worth of 16mm on-set footage from 1967 (no audio or with optional commentary featuring writer / producer / editor Franklin Miller hosted by Peter Conheim) showing rare and previously unseen material from the film's production. Great to see how they used dolly and tracking shots - real grassroots stuff. In the Middle of the Nights is a new 13-minute video essay by restoration supervisor Ross Lipman comparing Spring Night Summer Night to its 'sexploitation' recut, Miss Jessica Is Pregnant. Fascinating stuff. Indicator include three short films by Anderson and Miller, comprising a 'Bluegrass Trilogy'. They are Football as It Is Played Today from 1961, How Swived from 1962, and Cheers from 63' - each running about 5-minutes in length. There is a stills gallery of photos. The package has a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Ian Mantgani, Glenn Litton's memories of director Joseph L. Anderson, Peter Conheim on the film's restoration, a look at the career of distributor Joseph L Brenner, an overview of critical responses, and film credits.

Wow! Spring Night Summer Night is all I heard it to be. I am very happy for my buddy Peter Conheim and his extensive effort in helping bringing this project to fruition. It is because of releases like this that I love both film and Blu-ray. This is something to revisit for years . It will have a special place in my digital disc library. Our highest recommendation!

Gary Tooze

 


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