Thursday, 14 November 2013

LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER (1963) WEB SITE

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You will get the title and the one line summary if you've seen the flick. I know it sounds like an old chick flick, and to some it might be. However, I think anyone can enjoy this strange love-story. I simply adore this movie. My friends were turned off because it is in black and white, however the story is so engrossing that after a while the lack of color is unnoticeable. The back of the movie is brief and most plot summaries are too. However, this movie is amazing. I watched it four times the weekend I rented it and when I had to return it went out and bought it. Steve McQueen is called one of "Hollywood's most legendary actors." He is remembered for his car chase in Bullit and motorcycle chase in The Great Escape. Although these movies are both truly perfect examples of McQueen's talent as an actor and speed demon, Love with the Proper Stranger should not be forgotten. It displays his softer side as well as his talent purely as an actor. A lot of actors are limited to certain type of movie. McQueen crosses the action figure genre with ease. His great looks and wonderful voice are just bonuses for us obsessed fans. I will admit sometimes I am drawn to movies by an actor's superficial appeals but McQueen is an amazing actor as well as a hottie. His character is perfectly developed and the use of facial expressions are so appropriate. For example, when talking to Angie (Wood) he will often just smile and then drop it when she disapproves.

Natalie Wood is as great as she ever has been. Her passionate character is not overdone. She is real and strong. She is not some dumb girl in most love stories just caught up in charm. She uses her head and then her heart. (I know that sounds cliched). Her lines are not awkward. Every line in this movie is perfectly placed and none are inappropriate. Her character is not single-layered. However, she develops over the course of the movie. It is obvious in her outward appearance, as well as her decisions. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance (and should have won too). The story addresses some issues too, about love, abortion and family. It does not come across as too heavy and then again not too light for the subject matter. Each is perfectly addressed. This movie is also not without humor. Lines like "we are in love, aren't we?" "Yes, you with yourself and me with myself" are both humorous and revealing. And the entire "you-know..." dinner conversation (e.g. broke her you know legs) is entirely entertaining. Overall McQueen and Wood deliver amazing performances and the story is just beautiful (I can't think of a more suitable word). So no matter what you may have heard this movie was the best rental selection I have ever made.


CRITICA EN EL PERIODICO "LA VANGUARDIA" (6-5-1964)
Las familias italianas residentes en Nueva York han dado al cine una variada y apasionante temática. Estos pequeños clanes sumergidos en medio de la vida norteamericana continúan conservando sus rasgos peculiares, son apasionados espontáneos... Sus reacciones tienen una fuerza expansiva y una efusión cordial que los singulariza. En medio de uno de esos ambientes italo-neoyorquinos una hija de familia italiana, incurre en un grave desliz. Enajenada por la euforia de una fiesta, se deja arrastrar por la pasión carnal y pasa a mayores con un extraño; un hombre joven, al que apenas acaba de conocer. No lo vuelve a ver más, pero al cabo de unas semanas la muchacha siente los signos premonitores de la maternidad. A partir de este instante el conflicto surge con todo su amargo patetismo. La joven seducida, afronta la realidad con valentía. Cuenta a su seductor, la situación en que se encuentra, pero rechaza la compasión de éste. No quiere que se sacrifique por salvar su honor si no la ama. No transige con ser llevada ante el altar sólo por salvar las conveniencias. este estudio de los estados psicológicos de esta pobre muchacha, victima de un pasajero aturdimiento, es muy sutil, Robert Mulligan ahonda en el drama moral de esta mujer, pero sin derivar a lo melodramático. Podía haber caído en el serial, pero salva elegantemente el riesgo y eleva y magnifica la emoción del relato. Las reacciones de la muchacha son rabiosamente independentistas, de una dureza lógica y lúcida. Esta frágil figura de mujer es todo un símbolo. Parte de las personas de su sexo se reflejan en ella. Ha sido débil, pero después sabe ser fuerte. Toda la historia esta teñida de una suave melancolía, de una vaga sensación de poética y romántica. Las figuras de estos dos jóvenes enfrentados por la vida, son de una humanidad conmovedora. Muchas secuencias acusan la influencia del mejor neorrealismo italiano pero ya estilizado y redimido de sus servidumbres al tópico. Natalie Wood es un prodigio de sencillez y naturalidad. Raramente podía haber elegido otra actriz que le fuera tan bien a la figura que interpreta. Steve MacQueen confirma que su creciente fama responde méritos reales. Las restantes figuras del reparto están todas muy bien. A. MARTÍNEZ TOMAS.



 
 



 





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