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starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy
screenplay by Ernest Lehman
directed by Mark Robson
by Walter Chaw The term "melodrama" comes from the Greek and the French, finding its literal meaning in something like "musical drama," and Mark Robson's From the Terrace (1960)--packed front to back with Elmer Bernstein's gorgeous but intrusive and, in at least a few moments, hysterical orchestrations--fits the bill nicely. Adapted from a John O'Hara bodice-ripper by chronic adaptor Ernest Lehman and released during the gap between the Lehman-scripted marvels North by Northwest and West Side Story, the picture drips with the charged sexual innuendo of the former (and of Robson's Peyton Place, come to think of it) while falling short of the caustic social commentary of the latter.