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Love on the Rocks!
Just viewed "Two for the Seesaw" and I must say I loved it! It had all the angst and poignancy of a real life romance. Robert Mitchum is Jerry, a man who has walked away from a marriage that had seemingly robbed of him of his manhood. Alone in the big city, he is holed up in the only place he can afford, a a bed-bug ridden flat. At a party he happens to meet a free-spirited, kindhearted, bohemian girl named Gittel. What starts out as a chance encounter soon blossoms into a romance of sorts. But Gittel is wary. Jerry is in the process of going through a divorce. He speaks despairingly of a wife who coddled him to the point of mothering him. Now he's looking for someone he can do things for. Gittel is a struggling would-be dancer whose ingenuous nature has led her one free-loading ex-husband to an assortment of likewise loser boyfriends. She's fiercely independent, but clearly in need of some rescuing. Together, they form an unlikely couple who alternately fight with and care for each other. It's a story about loneliness and the healing nature of love. But it's not a fairy-tale relationship and the ending is revealing in that it says so much about two people trying to find their way in a world filled with contradiction. I was touched by Mr. Mitchum and Ms. McClaine's performances and I thoroughly believed their journey together.
Disparate, Desperate, Delightful
- Vance Garnett
I would call this motion picture a "delight." It has some tough emotional moments, but there is a warmth about it as the two disparate, and somewhat desperate, individuals try, perhaps too hard, to make a relationship work. Mitchum didn't like himself in this role, saying that Henry Fonda, who did it on Broadway, should be playing the role of attorney Jerry Ryan. As was often the case with Bob, he underestimated himself. He was excellent in the role. And Shirley Mac is delightful as Giddle Mosca. The film has a lot of good lines throughout, both as tongue in cheekers and zingers. It has a great soundtrack by Andre Previn, a terrific theme song, "Second Chance," sung by Jackie of Jackie and Roy fame. And significantly, it puts the split-screen to work successfully in humorous and serious scenes. It is, after all, directed by Robert Wise. The chemistry between the two leads was not faked. From this picture they began a 3-year affair. If the telephone conversation ending doesn't move you, ... well, ...
Strong promise; lousy finish
Great, gritty atmosphere and true NYC studio-living that one rarely sees in movies. Decent performances, perhaps a little grating at times... But who woulda thunk that after nearly 2 hours of cool, misfit, bohemian love in NY ca. 1962, all we'd get at the end is a public service announcement about the "rightness" of marriage? Booooo. I could've watched a technicolor Hudson-Day flick for that--and the clothes would've been better. Nice jazzy soundtrack, though. And did you notice a young Ken Berry as the bongo player in Gittel's dance studio? OY VAY, was he cute?
Powerful and highly atmospheric
I believe I must have seen this film as a child, before I could realy pick up on the nuances.It has such a strong nostalgic feel to me, and I remembered some of the lines, though not the arc of the plot or the denoument. I was totally captivated by the film: the acting of Shirley McLain and Robert Mitchum and their chemistry, the characterization, dialogue, cinematography, and music all blending into a spellbinding, poignant two hours. I would very much like to buy on DVD.
Two For the Seesaw
- paula cordell
A wonderful, although somewhat sad, movie. An endearing portrayal by Ms. MacLaine, and I can't remember a performance by Robert Mitchum that I enjoyed more than this one. His character is fearless in honesty and vulnerability. Living in the Bible Belt of the South, this movie is one of many that I never even heard of until recently, thanks to the new accessibility of sites like Turner Classic Movie's database.
disappointment in ms. mclaines performance
I saw this movie recently on the Silver Screen station and have wanted to see it for a long time but I found the gittle character both characters actually kind of dumb and sorry shirley your accent just didn't sound real to me
two for the seesaw
- robin adelman
we would very much like to see this film. it is not yet released on home video or dvd, from what we understand, and has not been shown in a very long time. a chance to see two great stars in a very good roles, which focuses on them, and depicts a real life romance at the time between mclaine and mitchum. can tcm schedule this; perhaps as part of a mitchum festival? thank you, robin adelman