A Majority of One
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Live and learn, the saying goes. Japanese businessman and widower Koichi Asano (Alec Guinness) and Brooklyn widow Bertha Jacoby (Rosalind Russell) are at an age when they've done a lot of living and learning. Now, with a bit of luck, love may reenter their lives - if they learn again the lessons of tolerance, forgiveness, kindness and devotion.
Russell and Guinness play unlikely romantics in this touching comedy based on the Broadway hit and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Russell thought the role of Bertha was a radical departure for her. But she seized the challenge - and won the fourth of her five Best Actress Golden Globe? Awards. "In so many films, my comedy was brittle and came from the lips," Russell said. "Here the humor stems from the heart - and Mrs. Jacoby's heart is as big as the world.
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A Majority of One was the story of a Japanese business man and a jewish woman who lives in Brooklyn.They meet on an
ocean liner going to Japan. Widower Mr. Asano takes a liking to Mrs. Jacoby immediately. THEY HAVE A LOT TO OVERCOME WITH RACIST RELATIVES AND FRIENDS. Wisdom and a love that cannot be denied find them and keep them together. GREAT PERFORMANCES. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES EVER. THIS movie is child friendly.
In this story, the young people who arrogantly believe they are the most enlightened and international (much like in real life) reveal themselves when tested, to be the most parochial and rigid. The younger generation disregards the wisdom that comes from their mother/mother-in-law who afforded her children, through her hard work and experience, the very opportunities they believe make them superior, But she recognizes the hubris of youth....and forgives it, finding joy in her children, and deep love for them, without judgment. And then, there is the beauty of true love between two seasoned people of different backgrounds. I looooooove this movie. The music is like a character in the film.....that kind of soundtrack is long gone now. Rosalind Russell makes this a classic.
I hope other people find this gem as enjoyable as I do.....every time.
I am shocked that Amazon would sell such a poor quality product, that is offered by the studio that made the film. Warner Brothers Archive Collection.
Again the film is a wonderful film, however it is impossible to watch on such a terrible DVD.