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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Strangers When We Meet" (1960)


Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak make a striking couple in this nuanced 'Mad Men' era love story. The problem is that they're both stuck in loveless marriages to other people, he to a starchy wife (a surprisingly good Barbara Rush), and she to a limp passionless husband (John Bryant). Everything's fine in their secret tryst til a smarmy Walter Matthau shows up as the buttinsky neighbor who wants to blow their cover. For it's time, the screenplay is mature and frank, capturing the restless extra-marital urges of the WWII generation on the brink of the Free Love '60s. And for all you Mid-Century Modern lovers, the suburban sets and decor are to-die-for eye candy. 


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