Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
Angie (Natalie Wood) is a young woman who after a one night fling finds herself pregnant to wayward musician Rocky (Steve McQueen). The film follows the ups and downs of their relationship, first as Rocky agrees to help Angie have an abortion, and then when she doesn't, as they begin to fall in love.
Like her earlier films, Rebel without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass and the later, This Property is Condemned, Natalie displays a raw emotional side. Whilst it may sound strange I always find Natalie's 'crying' scenes in films to be the most believable of any actress, you always feel that she is the characters she plays. Despite the serious nature of the film there are several light hearted moments, particularly involving Anthony Columbo (Tom Bosley), a clumsy young chef who is in love with Angie. Being a huge Happy Days fan I loved seeing Mr. Cunningham in this film!! Steve McQueen was also great, an understated performance, I loved the scenes he shared with Natalie.
The subject matter was quite daring for the time but the film handles it sensitively. It also cemented Steve's status as a heartthrob! Natalie was nominated for an academy award for her role. It really is a great film, starring two wonderful actors!