|Long Day's Journey into Night|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sidney Lumet|
|Produced by||Ely Landau |
Joseph E. Levine
Jack J. Dreyfus Jr.
|Based on||Long Day's Journey into Night|
by Eugene O'Neill
|Music by||André Previn|
|Edited by||Ralph Rosenblum|
|Distributed by||Embassy Pictures|
Long Day's Journey into Night is a 1962 American drama film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play. It was directed by Sidney Lumet, and produced by Ely Landau, with Joseph E. Levine and Jack J. Dreyfus Jr. as executive producers. The screenplay was not adapted, but used directly from O'Neill's play, the music score by André Previn, and the cinematography by Boris Kaufman.
The film has been restored and preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive.
The film concerns a fateful, heart-rending day in August 1912 at the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrone family.
One theme of the play is addiction and the resulting dysfunction of the family: All three males are alcoholics, and Mary is addicted to morphine. They all constantly conceal, blame, resent, regret, accuse, and deny in an escalating cycle of conflict with occasional desperate and half-sincere attempts at affection, encouragement, and consolation.
Producer Ely Landau did a version of The Iceman Cometh for TV. This impressed the widow of Eugene O'Neil enough for her to give him the screen rights to Long Day's Journey. The cast and director formed a cooperative and agreed to work for a lower fee in exchange for a percentage of the profits. The film was reportedly shot for $435,000 over 37 days, two days over schedule. Lumet later wrote that the total budget was $490,000.
Joseph E. Levine bought the film for distribution, but said he lost money on it. "You cannot stay in business by making O'Neill pictures", he said. Lumet later wrote that "there actually were some profits."