Friday, June 5, 2015

Raintree County Revisited




"The world is still full of divinity and strangeness"
-John Shawnessy 





Beautiful Promotional Art Portraits For "Raintree County"
(1957)


        "Come back to Raintree County, wandering child.
 Remember the great deaths and the great homecomings.
 Come back, and bring a sprig of lilac.
 For you will always be on trains  and coming home,
 and the legend that recalled you  from the City 
 will always be tingling along the wires of the Republic."
Excerpt from the novel,
"Raintree County"
By Ross Lockridge Jr.



"So kiss me sweet with your warm wet mouth,
Still fragrant with ruby wine,
And say with a fervor born of the South
That your body and soul are mine.
Clasp me close in your warm young arms,
While the pale stars shine above,
And we'll live our whole young lives away
In the joys of a living love."
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

                       
Montgomery Cliff romances Elizabeth Taylor in
"Raintree County"
(1957)


Set amid the backdrop of the American Civil War,
"Raintree County"  is the story of the tumultuous
and tragic romance between handsome,
poetic dreamer, John Shawnessy, and a
beautiful, yet, emotionally and mentally
unstable Southern belle named Susanna Drake,
haunted by the memories of her childhood.








Meanwhile, John Shawnessy's gentle high school sweetheart,
the beautiful and virtuous Nell Gaither, is heartbroken
after John marries Susanna, yet, she still finds
herself in love with him.


Eva Marie Saint as Nell Gaither
 in "Raintree County"
(1957)



"Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, 

of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind."

-William Wordsworth



Eva Marie Saint, Montgomery Cliff and Elizabeth Taylor
   during a scene shot at the ruins of the Windsor Plantation,
once the site of the largest mansion ever built in the state of Mississippi.
The house survived the war, only to be destroyed by fire in 1890.



Raintree County...
which had no boundaries in time
and space, where lurked musical and
strange names and mythical and lost
peoples, and which was itself only a
name musical and strange."
-Ross Lockridge Jr.


The Raintree's "Blossoms of Gold"




"I'd love you in Raintree County,
 and I'd find what we all seek to know.
We shared the golden dream
 when we found our true love
in Raintree long ago,
 for the brave who dare 
there's a Raintree
 ev'rywhere.
We who dreamed
 found it so, long ago." 

"The Song of Raintree County"
Lyrics By
  Paul Francis Webster 
John Waldo Green


"The Song of Raintree County"
Sung by Nat King Cole














 
 



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