Natalie Wood is such maniac dream in this! The way she looks to the edge and jumps off in her performance could make Joan Crawford blush! Here we have a psychosexual melodrama that delivers a desperately sad love story that predates Degrassi making tawdry teen drama an actual thing. Love affects in many blind ways. Especially when social status and mental health (synonymous to together) are in the way.
4.5, i only find that in some later scenes it strays from the theme of desire, which takes away some of its strength and makes it a little unfocused. the bathtub meltdown scene is glorious, and made my feminist self very angry- in the best way possible
Another masterstroke by Kazan. Wood gives a career defining performance here, and Beatty shines in his debut. All the accolades have already been said over and over about this one, but damn if they arent all correct. Beyond essential. A great film by one of the true auteurs of cinema.