- A patient, splendidly acted (by two of the great acting heavyweights: Streep and Eastwood) romance
- Set in Iowa (shot on location) in the 1960’s. Beautifully weathered covered bridges, perfectly rusty old trucks
- A chance for Streep to add an Italian accent to her resume (she goes a different route here than the heavy New York/Jersey Goodfellas accent)
- A consistent mood, melodic minimal piano score. As I said it is patient, it is an hour before the two even hold hands.
- The book (which I have not read) is not supposed to be very good—but Eastwood underplays the melodrama and there is such unspoken chemistry and nuance in the performances
- Jack Green is the DP and he shot Unforgiven as well a few years earlier for Clint (1992) but there isn’t nearly as much landscape artistry here. The final shot here is great but it doesn’t compare overall with Unforgiven
- It is hard not to see the parallels with the 1985 romance Out of Africa. Eastwood is in the Redford role here as a traveler, who believes in not being tied down. Streep is married, doing accent work, they start an affair
- I think there’s a nice little subtext about Eastwood the director/artist in the film. Robert Kincaid (his character) is obsessed with “making pictures” (he’s a photographer) but is “not an artist.” He works for the National Geographic and says “they like their pictures in focus” and says he’s “too normal” to be an artist. That’s Eastwood.
- Recommend but not in the top 10 of 1995
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