October Shock & Schlock Day 22 (2/2) - The Mist (2007) B/W
Darabont has since revealed that he had “always had it in mind to shoot The Mist in black and white”, a decision inspired by such iconic films as Night of the Living Dead (1968) and the “pre-color” work of Ray Harryhausen. While the film’s cinematic release was in color, the director has described the black and white print (released on Blu-ray in 2008) as his “preferred version.”
Frances Sternhagen has had a varied career on stage and screen, and is one of my favorite character actresses. The two-time Tony winner received a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in 1978 for the Angel, a musical adaptation of Look Homeward, Angel (based on Ketti Frings’ play, itself an adaptation of Thomas Wolfe’s novel). Gary Geld and Peter Udell (Purlie, Shenandoah) collaborated with Frings, but the composing team did not score a hat trick.
Angel lasted 5 performances at the Minskoff. This original cast album was never commercially released, though according to Not Since Carrie, producer Philip Rose distributed the LP from his office.
“Drifting” was Sternhagen’s only solo in the show, a gentle finale to the show’s first act.