Marty

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Released 1955

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Director:
Delbert Mann
Released:
1955
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Marty is a classic 1955 romantic drama that won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, for its poignant love story about two lonely souls. Because of his unattractive appearance, Marty (Ernest Borgnine, in an Oscar-winning performance) has resigned himself to a life as a lonely bachelor living with his mother, Mrs. Pilletti (Esther Minciotti). He runs a Bronx butcher shop that he hopes to own one day. One Friday night, his mother prods him into going to the Stardust Ballroom. He watches Clara (Betsy Blair) receive a humiliating rejection from a blind date because of her plain looks, and kindly asks her to dance. Like Marty, Clara expects to remain loveless, but the two loners find a connection on the dance floor. The two plan to meet the following night for a movie date, in spite of Marty's awkward attempt at giving her a goodnight kiss. Marty's initial happiness fades after telling his mother and some friends about his hopes for a love after they make fun of his new look on life. He debates whether to call Clara, as planned, or just return to his old life. Director Delbert Mann and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky both won Academy Awards for this slice-of-life drama.moreless
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  • Why Did This Win Best Picture???

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    Just watched this on TCM's new season of The Essentials, and for a classic that's supposed to be spectacular, I just didn't buy into it. Quick summary, Ernest Borgnine plays the title character, a lonely butcher bachelor who's longing to find love. While the romance is originally intriguing, and Borgnine and Betsy Blair's chemistry is the biggest highlight, the film doesn't go too far in making the film moving in the first place, even when the actors did flawless jobs in their roles. Plus the film had very annoying and obnoxious subplots that didn't connect with the main plot, mostly referring to one about feuding neighbors and an insane mother. I respect the acclaim Marty has, and I'm happy for those that are huge, huge fans of the film, but I just couldn't get into it.moreless

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Classics, 50s, Love & Romance