The Bridges of Madison County (Deluxe Widescreen Edition)
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World-traveling National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid and Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson aren't looking to turn their lives upside down. Each is at a point in life where expectations are behind them. Yet four days after meeting, they wont want to lose the love they've found. Academy Award winners' Meryl Streep (earning her 10th Oscar nomination for this performance) and Clint Eastwood (who also produces and directs) bring blazing starpower and powerful conviction to the beloved characters of Robert James Waller's best seller of love, choice and consequence. With luck, a love like that happens to some of us sooner or later. For Robert and Francesca, it was later. And it was glorious.
- Commentary by editor Joel Cox and director of photography Jack N. Green
- An Old-Fashioned Love Story: Making The Bridges of Madison County
- Doe Eyes music video
- Theatrical trailer
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The movie was nothing short of glorifying adultery. They tried to dress it up as some larger statement on "settling" versus doing what you want in life. Just nonsense. The woman was fantasizing about the man when she first met him. She didn't know anything about him except she wanted to sleep with him while her husband was gone. She was just a trashy person who had no self control and would fit right in in 2017's "me first" culture--the cult of me--the religion of me. There was some feminist overtones in the movie too. They portrayed the son as running to his wife after the story was told wanting to make sure he was "pleasing her". Then they showed the daughter as calling her husband up to leave him so she could pursue her lusts like her mother. The daughter even said that here she went off to Paris to find excitement when she should have stayed there in Iowa.
The bridges are not "pretty". They have cravings and writing all over them, not to mention bugs crawling all over them. But Streep does her usual good job acting. She "looked Italian" -- or what I've learned is the American stereotype of the dark featured Italian (I dated one who was blue eyed and blond . . . when I found out the person was of Italian decent I was told northern Italians were mostly blond/brown haired blue/green eyed). Eastwood on the other hand was too old for this role. He was gross. When he was making out with the Streep character it was just disgusting . . . some wrinkly old man slobbering all over here. Yuck. Gross. And that nasty stringy hair blowing in the wind. Accept you are bald and shave/cut it. Good grief.
I cried in the movie . . . but not because the adulteress saw her the adulterer after her family came back or that her fling had his attorney write her to tell her what he told her . . . but I cried because for the husband. He was a good man . . . played by a nice looking actor. He was concerned his wife was all of a sudden upset. And obviously troubled. She wouldn't talk to him. Then on his death bed he was expressed how much he loved this woman who didn't love him and betrayed him in the very bed he lay dying. It was tragic. Sad. Funny how some people in real life are in bad relationships pine away for someone decent to be with . . . even pray for the person. And here we are told this woman had a very good man who adored her and gave her a great life and she pined away for some man she admitted that may just fly around the world in a selfish way having his way with whomever as he was too selfish. It reminds me of these women/couples who have abortion after abortion while these other women and couples have horrible lives as they cannot have a child of their own or adopt. Humans.
I was very disappointed that there wasn't a director commentary track with this movie, but I think Eastwood actually does NOT do those on ANY of his movies (not any of that I own at least). There is a nice featurette that I enjoyed thoroughly but it's still not enough. There is a commentary track with the editor and someone else and I was bored to DEATH of their commentaries. So disappointing. But the film looks beautiful in letterbox though I'm not sure it's really HD quality. Such a beautifully shot film.
I am not usually one for love stories, but this one is in a class by itself. About the best way I can put it is that it shows everything without showing everything. It is emotional and sensuous, and having beautiful Madison County Iowa as a backdrop is just icing on the cake.
At least some of the bridges (including Roseman) are still there, by the way.