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Love Story (1970)

Director:
Arthur Hiller
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
-
RUNNING TIME
99 minutes
Producer:
Howard G. Minsky
Screenwriter:
Erich Segal


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jennifer Cavalleri Ali MacGraw
Oliver Barrett IV Ryan O'Neal
Phil Cavalleri John Marley
Olver Barrett III Ray Milland

 

Review

Time has not been kind to this overdramatized and melodramatic film, in which a gifted rich kid and an intelligent working-class girl meet, fall in love, battle class distinctions, and fade out in a convenient tragedy if there ever was one. Arthur Hiller directs with inspiration from La Nouvelle Vague, dwelling and scrutinizing emotions with his camera, but the film instills significance and  depth which in dramatic terms haven't been accounted for, and creates conflicts which seem more forced by the script than they are experienced by the characters (ie. that between Milland and O'Neal). Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw give the best of what they've got, but they're still not able to elevate the film from the mediocre foundation upon which it is built. MacGraw seems far too old to pass for a college student, but incidentally, she becomes increasingly youthful and beautiful as she becomes ill.

 

Copyright 11.5.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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