Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

04 February 2012

The Briefest of Reviews from 1970

Lovers and Other Strangers is a vaguely charming little movie about sex in 1970. This is one of the films after the fall of the Production Code that was going to deal with the topic of sex. The whole thing is incredibly time by today's standards of course, but I found it harmless (it's homophobic at times, but then what isn't?). Lovers and Other Strangers is a series of stories – a man who is cheating on his wife, an old married couple, an extremely neurotic (and, frankly, annoying) pair who has just met, a couple just about to get married, one just about to get divorced, and a married couple that constantly fights about equality and masculinity and who is in charge in the relationship. Some of these relationships (as you can imagine) were more interesting than the others, and I was most interested in the sexiest couple (the one who is just about to get married). This couple is played by Bonnie Bedelia and Michael Brandon and they are just so cute! Gig Young is also really delightful as Bonnie Bedelia's dad. The whole thing is very talky. It was clearly a stage-play before it was a movie, but I liked it nonetheless.