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"Oh, had I but followed the Arts"-William Shakespeare

Friday, March 9, 2012

"Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain"

My Reel of the week  is 1968's "Rachel, Rachel", starring Joanne Woodward in the title role. Rachel is 35 years old., and she has never been in a relationship. She is a school teacher living in a small town, her life is predictable, contained and claustrophobic. She still lives in the home she grew up in. Taking care of her smothering, slightly hypochondriac mother after the death of her father, the towns funeral director.
Rachel slowly comes to realize that she has been sleepwalking through her life. The fear of the unknown, paralyzes her as much as the fear of opening herself up emotionally. Rachel is afraid of everything, her emotions, her sexuality, her past, and her future. Estelle Parsons is gives a touching performance as Rachel's friend and fellow teacher Calla, who finds her own way of navigating through her own fears.
"Rachel, Rachel" is a kind of backwards coming of age film, a subtle, moving study of human drama. Directed warmly and intelligently by Joanne's husband , Paul Newman. The only explosions are emotional. A thoroughly satisfying movie!

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