Sweet November (1968)
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After Sandy Dennis won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1966 for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, she tackled this other nose-thumbing rebuke to square marriage: free spirit Sara (Dennis) sets her sights on repressed cardboard box executive Charlie (Anthony Newley) and invites him to be her lover for one, and only one, month, complete with residency privileges at her kooky multi-level warehouse pad in Brooklyn Heights. Why just one month? She's got her reasons -- and when previous bedmates-of-the-month swing by to say hello, Charlie realizes how profound -- and tragic -- her offer really is. Viewers will be enthralled not only by Sara's mod playhouse of an apartment, or its gentle approach to "free love", but by the incomparable Dennis's performance as an early incarnation of the "manic pixie dream girl" archetype. Written by Herman Raucher, whose Summer of '42 (1971) was also about a man's transformative encounter with an unconventional woman.
By Violet LeVoit