Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Forgotten Movies: Mr and Mrs. Bridge

Although the movie can no way compare to the brilliant novels written by Evan S. Connell, perhaps two of the finest character studies on the 20th century, the movie is pleasing because of the chance to see Newman and Woodward on the screen together. Mr. Bridge is a hopelessly old-fashioned 19th century man between the two wars of the 20th century and Mrs. Bridge is only a step ahead. The two are lost in a world changing far faster than they can tolerate.

Directed by James Ivory, the screenplay can't compete with the novels. And perhaps Paul Newman is miscast here. But it looks lovely and gives one a taste of the novel. But read the novels if you can.


Anonymous said...

100% agree. I'm glad they made it (and it could have been so much worse) and it looks great, Newman is miscast badly but...it can't hold a candle to the book.

Jeff M.

George said...

I've been thinking about doing MR. & MRS. BRIDGE for FFB as soon as I finish my John D. MacDonald FFB series.

David Cranmer said...

Never saw this film or read the books. So I'll start with the books if I chance across them.

Cap'n Bob said...

Connell wrote SON OF THE MORNING STAR, a excellent bio of George Armstrong Custer.