Of Love and Desire

Last updated
Of Love and Desire
Of Love and Desire.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Richard Rush
Produced by Victor Stoloff
Screenplay by László Görög
Richard Rush
Story byVictor Stoloff
Jacquine Delessert
Starring Merle Oberon
Steve Cochran
Curd Jürgens
Music by Ronald Stein
Cinematography Alex Phillips
Edited by Harry W. Gerstad
Production
company
New World Film Corporation
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 11, 1963 (1963-09-11)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Spanish

Of Love and Desire is a 1963 film directed by Richard Rush and starring Merle Oberon, Steve Cochran and Curd Jürgens.

Contents

Plot

American engineer Steve Corey moves to Mexico to work at one of the mining projects owned by Katherine Beckman and her half-brother Paul. He finally is introduced to Katherine, and the man that he is taking over for, Bill Maxton, informs him that Katherine is his for the taking: "All you have to do is touch her—she goes off like fireworks. There were plenty of guys before me, and there'll be plenty after me."

Steve thinks that Katherine is what he expected but ends up developing a crush on her. As their relationship develops, Paul gets upset and reintroduces her ex-boyfriend Gus Cole to her to lure her away from Steve. Half-siblings Katherine and Paul are carrying some emotional damage from the past which they need to work out.

Principal cast

ActorRole
Merle Oberon Katherine Beckmann
Steve Cochran Steve Corey
Curd Jürgens Paul Beckmann
John Agar Gus Cole
Jan Murray Pete Madsen
Stanley Adams Mac Lunsford
Eduardo Noriega Señor Domínguez
Rebeca IturbideMrs. Renard
Elsa Cárdenas Señora Domínguez

Critical reception

From online reviewer website Cool Cinema Trash:

Of Love and Desire is an old-fashioned soap opera with a morality firmly entrenched in the 1950s. Sex before marriage is bad. End of story. The resulting guilt and shame this causes for the film's heroine is what makes Of Love and Desire such a melodramatic treat for fans of cool cinema trash. [1]

Soundtrack

All tracks are written by Ronald Stein.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Katherine's Love Theme: Sang by Sammy Davis Jr."2:10
2."Of Love And Desire Theme"2:16
3."The Garden"2:49
4."Acapulco"2:00
5."The Pool"2:29
6."The Terrace"2:49
7."Market Chase"1:40
8."The Acapulco Hilton Mariachi Samba Twist"2:35
Side two
No.TitleLength
9."Romantic Idyl"2:15
10."Mexico City"1:03
11."First Trio"2:11
12."Vocal Llorona And Walk Home"2:22
13."Rape Scene"2:20
14."Second Run"1:58
15."A Brother's Kiss"2:46
16."Katherine's Theme Denouement"3:14

Related Research Articles

Jean-Paul Belmondo French actor

Jean-Paul Belmondo is a French actor initially associated with the New Wave of the 1960s and one of the biggest French film stars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His best known credits include Breathless (1960) and That Man from Rio (1964).

Steve McQueen American actor (1930–1980)

Terrence Stephen McQueen, nicknamed "King of Cool", was an American actor. His antihero persona developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s made him a top box-office draw during the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, Love With the Proper Stranger, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno.

<i>Cool Hand Luke</i> 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg

Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system.

Anna Magnani Italian actress

Anna Maria Magnani was an Italian stage and film actress. Widely regarded as one of the greatest actresses of Italian and World cinema, she was known for her explosive acting and earthy, real life portrayals of characters.

<i>Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!</i> 1990 Spanish dark romantic comedy film by Pedro Almodóvar

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is a 1989 Spanish dark romantic comedy film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and starring Victoria Abril and Antonio Banderas alongside Loles Léon, Francisco Rabal, Julieta Serrano, María Barranco, and Rossy de Palma. The plot follows a recently released psychiatric patient who kidnaps an actress in order to make her fall in love with him. He believes his destiny is to marry her and father her children.

<i>Grease 2</i> 1982 US musical film directed by Patricia Birch

Grease 2 is a 1982 American musical romantic comedy film and the sequel to the 1978 film Grease, which is based upon the 1971 musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Originally titled More Grease, the film was produced by Allan Carr and Robert Stigwood, and directed and choreographed by Patricia Birch, who also choreographed the first film and the Broadway musical. It takes place two years after the original film at Rydell High School, set in the 1961–1962 school year, with an almost entirely new cast, led by actors Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer in her first starring role.

<i>Pink Flamingos</i> 1972 film by John Waters

Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American exploitation comedy film directed, written, produced, narrated, filmed, and edited by John Waters. By far Waters' best-known movie, it is part of what Waters has labelled the "Trash Trilogy", which also includes Female Trouble (1974) and Desperate Living (1977). The film stars the countercultural drag queen Divine as a criminal living under the name of Babs Johnson, who is proud to be "the filthiest person alive". While living in a trailer with Edie and Crackers —her mother and son respectively—and her companion Cotton, Divine is confronted by the Marbles, a pair of criminals envious of her reputation who try to outdo her in filth. The characters engage in several grotesque, bizarre, and explicitly crude situations. The movie was filmed in and in the vicinity of Baltimore, Maryland; Waters grew up in suburban Baltimore.

<i>Cool World</i> 1992 American live-action/animated film directed by Ralph Bakshi written by Michael Grais

Cool World is a 1992 American live-action/animated black fantasy-comedy film directed by Ralph Bakshi, and starring Kim Basinger, Gabriel Byrne and Brad Pitt. It tells the story of a cartoonist who finds himself in the animated world he thinks he created, where he is seduced by one of the characters, a comic strip vamp who wants to be real.

<i>McLintock!</i> 1963 film by Andrew V. McLaglen

McLintock! is a 1963 American western comedy film, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The film co-stars Wayne's son Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne DeCarlo. Loosely based on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, the project was filmed in Technicolor and Panavision and produced by Wayne's company Batjac Productions.

<i>What a Way to Go!</i> 1964 film by J. Lee Thompson

What a Way to Go! is a 1964 American black comedy film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Bob Cummings and Dick Van Dyke.

Dolores Hart American Roman Catholic religious sister, and former actress

Dolores Hart, O.S.B., is an American Roman Catholic Benedictine nun who was previously a prominent actress. She made ten films in five years, playing opposite Stephen Boyd, Montgomery Clift, George Hamilton, and Robert Wagner, having made her movie debut with Elvis Presley in Loving You (1957). By the early 1960s an established leading lady, she "stunned Hollywood" by announcing that she would forgo her life as an actress, leaving behind her career to enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis monastery in Connecticut, where she serves her monastic community.

<i>Tango & Cash</i> 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film

Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film starring Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Jack Palance and Teri Hatcher. Stallone and Russell star as Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash respectively, two rival LAPD narcotics detectives, who are forced to work together after the criminal mastermind Yves Perret (Palance) frames both of them for murder.

<i>Winter Light</i> 1963 film

Winter Light is a 1963 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Bergman regulars Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin and Max von Sydow. The film follows Tomas Ericsson (Björnstrand), pastor of a small rural Swedish church, as he deals with an existential crisis and his Christianity.

<i>The Getaway</i> (1994 film) 1994 film by Roger Donaldson

The Getaway is a 1994 American romantic action thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson. The screenplay was written by Walter Hill and Amy Holden Jones, based on Jim Thompson’s 1958 novel of the same name. The film stars Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, with Michael Madsen, James Woods, and Jennifer Tilly in supporting roles.

<i>Royal Wedding</i> 1951 MGM musical comedy film directed by Stanley Donen

Royal Wedding is a 1951 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. The film was directed by Stanley Donen; it was his second film and the first he directed on his own. It was released as Wedding Bells in the United Kingdom.

<i>Knocked Up</i> 2007 film by Judd Apatow

Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Judd Apatow, and starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand between a slacker and a just-promoted media personality that results in an unintended pregnancy.

<i>Circus World</i> (film) 1964 film

Circus World is a 1964 drama film starring John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and Rita Hayworth. It was directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Samuel Bronston, with a screenplay by Ben Hecht, Julian Zimet, and James Edward Grant, from a story by Bernard Gordon and Nicholas Ray.

<i>Hav Plenty</i> 1997 film by Babyface

Hav Plenty is a 1997 American romantic comedy film released by Miramax Films, based on an eventful weekend in the life of Lee Plenty, written and directed by Cherot. The film is based on the true story of Chris Cherot's unrequited romance with Def Jam A&R executive Drew Dixon.

<i>From Beyond</i> (film) 1986 film by Stuart Gordon

From Beyond is a 1986 American science-fiction body horror film directed by Stuart Gordon, loosely based on the short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft. It was written by Dennis Paoli, Gordon and Brian Yuzna, and stars Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree and Ted Sorel.

Steve Carver is an American film director and producer from Brooklyn, New York.

References

  1. "Of Love And Desire (1963)". Cool Cinema Trash.com. Retrieved 2012-12-19.