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This 1958 Drama: about an eager to land a journalistic position, Adam White (Montgomery Clift) goes to work as an advice-giving newspaper columnist...
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At any rate, it was the first film done by Schary's independent production, therefore, the producer must had enjoyed considerable freedom over making the film. Furthermore, the producer wrote the screenplay by himself. Schary promoted a stage director, Vincent J. Donehue for its director. It was Donehue's first film assignment, but he did a great job of making a worth while drama. Donehue was able to adopt the authentic theatrical dignity to LONELYHEARTS that the film actually is gripping as it was the live performance. He surely knew how to place actors and how to extract best of them.
Monty Clift played Adam White, a sensitive writer for the Chronicle News Paper. When the time of the filming, Clift had personal problems, like drug use and alcoholism, but ironically, because of the problems, his performance was somewhat realistic portraying the troubled man with a broken heart. His Adam White is fragile as the thin ice. In another side stands Robert Ryan, the sarcastic editor of the Chronicle. Ryan's Bill Shrike is responsible for Adam's nervous breakdown, but Shrike himself is not without troubles. Ryan teamed with Schary in BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK, and the film was much more respected in the public, however, LONELYHEARTS allowed Ryan to enjoy more sensitive expression which emphasized the illness of mankind. Also, Maureen Stapleton is remarkable as the confused house wife, who seeks help from equally confused Adam.
Some might say the resolution of the film, which put emphasis on forgiveness, is little indulgent, though it is undeniably important theme for the living, and its more and more so in this modern age in such we are struggling. LONELYHEATS was a quite pure film and it is successful projecting a solution to the modern day problems. Thus, the film should be respected again, and deserves its revival.
No stereotype characters in this one. They are a little complex and believeable. Myrna Loy, as Ryan's wife, looks like she is underplaying. But on reflection she is the reality of the wife who has been emotionally exhausted but doesn't quite know what to do.
Make sure you see this one.
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