More midcentury melodrama this week. It was Douglas Sirk who first paired Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue in “Imitation of Life,” but it was Delmer Daves who made them America’s favorite teenagers with “A Summer Place” in 1959. Daves made three more films with Donahue — “Parish” (1961), “Susan Slade” (1961) and “Rome Adventure” (1962), all of them of interest for both aesthetic and sociological reasons, and all of which are included in the blandly titled “Warners Romance Classics Collection.” (There’s also a fourth film in the set, Norman Taurog’s “Palm Springs Weekend” — a sort of landlocked beach party movie that mainly serves to point up Daves’s sensitivity and sincerity.) My New York Times review is here.
Congratulations to Nicolas Saada, whose new film, “Espion(s)” opened in France on Wednesday. There’s a glowing review in Le Monde.