“Henry indulged Lorabelle in some of her fantasies, ignored others — and gradually realized that what she wanted most was the impossible: a declaration of love.”
An idealist (Ina Mena) attempts to cure her husband (Tom Rosqui) of his cynical realism, with little success.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Burgess Meredith Films
- John Korty Films
- Marital Problems
- Star-Crossed Lovers
John Korty‘s debut film — narrated by Burgess Meredith, starring unknown actors, and following a most unconventional storyline — is a delightful taste of mid-century independent American cinema. More a fable than a realistic narrative, The Crazy-Quilt is nonetheless grounded in the very-real tribulations of love and marriage, as two complete opposites struggle to create a life together. Korty’s low-budget camerawork is consistently innovative and striking, making fine use of high-contrast lighting and naturalistic settings; meanwhile, Peter Schickele‘s creative score provides a quirky, memorable backdrop to the proceedings. Mela and Rosquith are well-cast as the film’s protagonists, with Mela in particular (she has no other credits listed on IMDb) giving a haunting performance; she ages from giddy young housewife to seasoned woman over the course of the film, and the contrast is striking. Film fanatics should definitely seek out The Crazy-Quilt: while it may come across as slightly dated, its emotional impact remains largely intact.
Note: Korty’s Oscar-winning documentary Who Are the DeBolts? [And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?] (1977) is also well worth a look; surprisingly, it’s not a Peary title.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Ina Mela as Lorabelle
- Tom Rosqui as Henry
- An unusual portrait of an unconventional love affair
- Memorable imagery
- Impressive low-budget cinematography
- Peter Schickele’s distinctive score
Yes, as a one-of-a-kind experimental film.