Thursday, July 12, 2007

Barefoot in the park & Cactus Flower

In a past twodays I ‘d watch a nice comedy that happen to directed by the same director Mr. Gene Saks

Barefoot in the Park (1967)

Based on Neil Simon's 1963 play of the same title, it focuses on newlyweds Corrie and Paul Bratter (Jane Fonda and Robert Redford) and their adventures living in a tiny fifth-floor walk-up apartment in a Greenwich Village brownstone. Stuffed-shirt Paul is a hard-working young attorney just starting his practice, while spontaneous bride Corrie is determined to create a romantic environment in one room with no heat, a hole in the skylight, and oddball neighbors.

The title refers to Paul's becoming drunk, throwing caution to the wind and running barefoot in Washington Square Park in response to his wife's repeated complaints about his sober and cautious demeanor.

...Mildred Natwick (who actually the best thing in the movie) reprises her stage role as the bride's mother, Charles Boyer is featured as the eccentric upstairs neighbor, and Herb Edelman appears as a telephone installer.

Natwick was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Fonda was nominated for a BAFTA as Best Foreign Actress, and Simon received a nod from the Writers Guild of America.

Read TCM article of Barefoot in the park

Cactus Flower (1969),

the film version of a Broadway romantic farce, was a personal triumph for its three stars: comic veteran Walter Matthau; dramatic star Ingrid Bergman in a rare comic turn; and television star Goldie Hawn, in her film debut, holding her own with her seasoned co-stars, and winning an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. The "cactus flower" of the title is Bergman, as Stephanie, a mousy dental assistant secretly in love with her boss, Matthau, a womanizing bachelor. When the dentist enlists her help to get rid of his much-younger girlfriend, Hawn, by pretending to be his wife, the prickly Stephanie blooms like the proverbial title plant.

Read full TCM Article of Cactus Flower

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