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This Oscar-nominated short starring Louise Fletcher and Robert Loggia, is adapted from a W. Somerset Maugham short story. A hotshot Los Angeles photographer has some difficulty accepting the sudden and phenomenal success of his wife’s first novel. When no longer able to avoid reading her book, he discovers something to really be concerned about.
A Testament to the Power of Short Films
From the vault of past Oscar-nominated short films comes this literate adaptation of a famous short story. In Overnight Sensation, two screen veterans play against type to extraordinary results. Starring Louise Fletcher (Oscar winner for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as the neglected housewife and amateur novelist taken for granted by her big-time fashion photographer husband Robert Loggia (Oscar-nominated for Jagged Edge, featured in Scarface, Big, and Independence Day). Failing to take his wife’s writing seriously, he soon discovers, has devastating consequences. Her new book is a smash – but her husband isn’t celebrating. She’s always existed in the shadow of his fame, but now she’s beginning to eclipse him. Jealousy and envy gnaw at Loggia’s soul. He refuses to read the book – until a clandestine conversation reveals what it’s about – shaking him to the core. Under the assured hand of director Jon Bloom, these two accomplished masters deliver quietly wrenching performances in which Loggia’s smoldering anger is matched only by Fletcher’s growing conviction. The climactic confrontation features an unexpected twist as satisfying as it is surprising. In sum, Overnight Sensation delivers character portraits of hushed intensity, a testament to the power of short films.
This was a very good story, with natural professional actors (Robert Loggia was that guy in "Big" who danced on the huge piano with Tom Hanks) and a nice directing style. The scenario is so typical of the male/female relationship. I enjoyed this very much. Recommend highly!
We really liked this film - great actors - well directed - good story. Totally worth 2 bucks - thought-provoking and left us with a lot more than the usual dreck we see on tv so often.