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Actors: George Segal, Eva Marie Saint, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Nancie Phillips
Director: Irvin Kershner
Genres: Comedy, Drama
A drama about one man's struggle with relationships and himself. George Segal stars as Brooks, a middle-aged commercial artist who is at a personal and professional crossroads. While his marriage to Selma (Eva Marie Saint... more »
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Great film, good transfer, no extras...
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was happy to see that my DVD of LOVING showed up yesterday. It's a great, little known, film that stands, I think, as a "missing link" between such European classics as LA NOTTE and later Hollywood films like AMERICAN BEAUTY and THE ICE STORM. The transfer is nice and the sound fine. The trouble is that for such an expensive DVD, there is a startling lack of extras. In fact I've never seen a DVD with LESS extras. While there are chapter stops and English subtitles-which they'd have to do anyway for the deaf and hard of hearing-there are no subtitles in any other language, there's no original trailer for the film, no filmographies, and no commentary tracks. This latter omission is puzzling considering the director Irvin Kershner is still with us, as are the film's two stars (George Segal and Eva Marie Saint) and its legendary cinematographer, Gordon (THE GODFATHER, MANHATTAN) Willis. Considering this was Willis's first film, and the film that many critics consider to represent Kershner, Segal, and Saint's BEST work--Pauline Kael called Saint's performance "stunning"--I can't imagine the talent wouldn't have been interested in getting together to discuss the film and help bolster its profile. It's as if the people putting out this DVD had no idea what a special film they had on their hands. It's one of the rare critically acclaimed films I've ever seen on DVD that doesn't feature a single critic's quotation anywhere on the front or back cover. The way it has been packaged, people might well assume it's some bomb that nobody liked and is of no interest to anyone. That's really too bad. It's a great little film. (Rating: 5 stars for the film, 3 for the DVD = an average of 4.)"
SEGAL AND SAINT SHINE IN TOP COMEDY-DRAMA
William L. Phipps | Tuckahoe, NY United States | 06/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"George Segal and Eva Marie Saint are memorably right together in this
memorable slice of life film directed by the incomparable Irvin Kershner.
The story of a disillusioned free-lance illustrator would seem a trivial
subject for a film; yet thanks to the work of cinematographer Gordon
Willis and Bernardo Segall's delicate musical score, Kershner has crafted
a film of incomparable beauty. Segal is front and center here and his
acting is as steady as it is accomplished. Kudos also to Keenan Wynn
and a memorable supporting turn by Diana Douglas as a woman ending a
marriage and the home that went with it. Great and thoughtful ending as well. Bravi!!"
Westport, CT in the 70s
Moss Finkelstein | South Salem, NY | 04/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great movie, shows life of a commercial artist in the recession of the early 70s. Scenes of Lepridon Building were actually the World Trade Center under construction. Infamous closing scenes show Brooks Wilson (George Segal), the main character, at the mansion party of an older ad exec, with Wilson's wife (Eva Marie Saint) and mistress at the same party. When the slutty wife of another exec (played by David Doyle) comes on to him, the action goes to a playhouse in the back yard, with disastrous results. Well acted by all."