All Summer in a day - DVD

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All Summer in a day (1982) |DVD

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Starring :Reesa Mallen, Keith Coogan

Format :DVD All Region:

Language : English
Genre : / 80's/ Out of print / fantasy/ shorts/Made-for-TV/Wonderworks/PBS

"All Summer in a Day" is a short story by the author Ray Bradbury. This story was originally published in the March 1954 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The story is about a class of school children on Venus, which in this tale is a jungle world of constant flooding rainstorms ocassionated by the water being constanly evaporated by Venus high temperatures these leads to a planet were the sun is only visible for two hours every seven years. Such an occurrence is imminent.

One of the children, Margot, had moved to Venus from Earth five years before the story takes place, and she is the only one in her class to remember sunshine due to the fact that the other children were to young to remember it. She has become frail and miserable there by the constant bullying, due to jealousy of the sunshine theme, of course she has a nervous breakdown do to the fact that she's being bullied, and because she has not seen the sun for 5 years. Once a month ago, she had refused to shower in the school shower rooms, had clutched her hands to her ears and over her head, screaming her lungs out.

And when the teacher asks them to write a poem about the sun it only gets worse:

"I think the sun is a flower,
That blooms for just one hour."


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Reviews (1)

Ken Orme 20th Sep 2016

Outstanding Adaptation of a Ray Bradbury Classic

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY is a richly atmospheric live action film adaptation of the Ray Bradbury classic short story. I was fortunate enough to see this thirty years ago when it broadcast as part of the Wonderworks series on PBS. Though the acting is quite satisfactory, it is the haunting music, the expressiveness of pouring rain, sunshine dazzling through clouds, and the lengthy silences which speak so much more effectively than words that are most memorable. With sparse dialogue, haunting images, and an important theme about the emotional devastation caused by verbal bullying, the story is as relevant now as ever.

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