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.
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.
Cette merveilleuse histoire d'un amour impossible, entre la fuite du temps et la pression sociale et parentale, reste un incomparable et inoubliable moment de cinéma dont on retiendra aussi l'excellence et la pertinence de l'interprétation de l'ensemble des acteurs principaux mais aussi, il faut le noter, secondaires... www.cinefiches.com
The first "basic bitch and basic bro" love story! Oh well. As usual, Kazan brings a level of honesty to this innocent story and isn't afraid to go to dark places. I admire how he focused more on Natalie Wood, although one could argue all sorts of "Oh, what is she without her man?!" feminist stuff. I do never get over these kinds of endings though. Also, Beatty is the most inarticulate actor since James Dean.