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A Fabulous Soap Opera!
- Michael Sainte-Andress
I have watched this movie countless times over the years an am always enthralled and deeply captured by its drama, sophistication and outstanding production values: the casting is superb, the costumes and styling are dazzling and the story is beguiling. Joanne Woodward has never been more glamorous and scintillating and she plays bitchiness deliciously. Paul Newman was his usual reliable self, but not as compelling. Ina Balin was beguiling and intriguing and Myrna Loy had a truly shining moment in the twilight of her career.It's a cautionary tale, to be sure, but the ride in its telling is invigorating, Hurrah!!!!!!!
From the Terrace
- el debbo
I like O'Hara books but not always the movie made from the novel. As in this case. The story seemed dull, contrived, predictable. The acting was good, except for Ina Balin, but the film didn't engross me at all. I would watch it again, however, with the sound off. I loved the midcentury swag, the cars, the costumes and was absolutely mesmerized by Woodward's makeover as a silver beauty. Her hair, makeup, and wardrobe were just impeccable. As well, with so many classic movies I am fascinated by a world of living rooms or motel rooms that have so much more character and ambience than anything ever seen today. I am struck by that all the time, take for example the rooms in the Pennsylvania home.This is another reason to view it again.
The main character is consumed with greed and work. He neglects his loyal and lonely wife (just like his dad)at home. They both resort to the company of others. Her's actually deserved. In the end he gets the happy ending?! What the heck! He deserves to be miserable. I suppose Hollywood's Old fashioned male dominated story is told again.
From the Terrace
I love this movie!! I'm currently watching it on Fox Movie Channel, but I would love to see this movie more on TCM. Not just this one, but also other movies starring Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward. They are two of my most favorite actors.
from the terrace
- kevin sellers
Maybe if Douglas Sirk had directed it and if Joanne Woodward had played Ina Balin's part and Elizabeth Allen had played Woodward's part, this movie might have worked, at least on some trashy level. As it is, it's about 30 minutes too long (the scenes with Balin, a not very talented actress, are excruciatingly slow) and the ending, with Newman forsaking the sexy, ballsy Woodward for the dull hausfrau Balin, is most unsatisfying. Give it a C. P.S. Ah the sexist 1960s, when a husband could threaten to break the jaw of his wife's lover and then go blithely to a drive in movie theatre with another woman, (as Newman does in this film.)
From The Terrace
'From The Terrace' is an absolute treasure of a film which has nearly everything. In addition to scenes with boardrooms, bedrooms, offices, lakes & swimming, ballrooms, there are airplanes, trains, steel mills, cars, ice-skating, lots of romance, jewelry on good looking women, hairstyles, suits and ties, and you name it. The interaction between Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman flowed naturally throughout the story, and the veteran actors like Myrna Loy and Leon Ames and the others served to enhance the credibility and authenticity of the characters in this excellent John O'Hara novel turned into screenplay.One of the main highlights is the special appearance of Ina Balin, a radiantly beautiful lady who starred in other major films, also. Her unique sensitive expressiveness lended a special touch to the scenes with Mr. Newman. We certainly miss Paul and Ina.
Loved every minute of it,
I have seen this movie more than once, and every time is like the first. The interaction between Joanne Woodward and Paul Newmanis amazing.I am always looking for it on TCM but you never show it.....do you think you could schedule this movie sometime. Thanks,Allison
Viable part of American 20th Century fiction
I have not seen the movie since 1979, long before I ever saw cable, and I didn't see the entire movie. I'm not sure why TCM doesn't show it. The cast is excellent and the story line (at least in the book) is quite interesting. John O'Hara is one of American's most underrated writers. Few could write dialog like him.
I love it.
I love this movie, can't get enough of it. I constantly search to see if it's on. You guy's need to show it more often. Love, Love, Love it.