This sequence from PICNIC (1956) Directed by Joshua Logan has good use of layers on par with Tennessee Williams Southern use of men, women and relationships gone wrong or embittered.
This sequence has been called one of the “sexiest dances” in the movies. Yes it has the look, the smoldering feel of something passing between the glances between Kim Novak and William Holden. I say that its Rosalind Russell that steals the scene as she tosses herself recklessly demanding affection in spite of the “Small town morals”. This is setup with Holden later dancing with Arthur O Connell at before Russell’s burst out. Her character of the old maid school teacher Rosemary Sidney wants William Holden’s Hal Carter so much that she is stung by even the affection shown to everyone else but her.
Susan Strasberg performance as younger Millie Owen’s: the ‘ugly sister” to Kim Novak’s older Madge Owens also take the scene with her background reaction. She as well is infatuated with Hal Carter yet she takes her place with a broken heart. Well crafted scene which is more than what it is known for which was the ‘dance”
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