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Splendor in the Grass (1961)
April 30, 2011, 8:02 pm
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Director: Elia Kazan

One of the crowning achievements of Natalie Wood’s career, she plays a lower-class teen-aged girl in the wake of the Great Depression. Her boyfriend, played by Warren Beatty, comes from a wealthy family whose father suggests he find a woman more willing to cater to his sexual needs. The film’s final act is familiar of many melodramas – a depressing encounter that unromantically demonstrates a love that should have been – however, because the relationship had primarily been developed in regards to the physical rather than the emotional or spiritual, it doesn’t quite earn the tears it wants to bring us.

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