I didn't expect this to be as smart as it is, one of the best portrayals of depression — the financial kind too — I've ever seen on screen. Obviously anchored by Natalie Wood, but Inge's screenplay shows the horrors of repression, of crumbling health in the face of societal pressure. If we do what our parents tell us to do for too long, we'll all end up dead.
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
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.
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.
Absolutely pure, beauty itself. Even though one would hardly recognize masterpiece in relationship between common people of Kansas, still magnificence could be found in the glory of youth so greatly captured in this film. Fake morality of those years keeps naive and whimsical Deanie away from Bud. She was just afraid of being spoiled.
On the eve of the stock market crash, a middle class high school girl sets her hopes on the local oil millionaire's son and has a mental breakdown because her mother has trained her to maintain her virginity. Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty perform beautifully, and his seduction by the school harlot beneath the waterfall is another thing of great beauty. Kazan said this film was a favorite of his, especially the end.
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.