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Two for the Seesaw
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Mitchum plays a man, who is dissatisfied with the life that had coddled him, tired of accepting what people handed out to him. He feels as if he has been given a life of luxury at the cost of his own independence. He is tired of taking and wants to give what he has to offer.
Then we have MacLaine. A somewhat innocent and a bit naive woman who has a heart as big as the city she lives in. She gives and gives with no thought or expectations of reciprocation. She is strong and independent. Yet, she is afraid to need someone, to love someone, to let someone give to her.
Then these two meet. Mitchum at last has something to offer someone, enjoys giving what he has, and taking care of someone else, instead of him being taken care of. MacLaine finally has someone to unravel those walls of independence and allows herself to need someone. It's a beautiful relationship that really reaches out to me.
Not only that but Mitchum and MacLaine are magnificent in it. I love the fact that this was filmed in black and white. Color would only distract and add unnecessary noise to the message this movie brings to the viewer. So do these two live happy ever after? Watch it and find out. :o)
Mr. Mitchum was a very busy actor in the early 1960s, with "Seesaw" already representing his 8th film during the still-very-young decade of the '60s. The first seven being: "Home From The Hill" (1960), "A Terrible Beauty" (1960), "The Sundowners" (1960), "The Grass Is Greener" (1960), "The Last Time I Saw Archie" (1961), "Cape Fear" (1962), and "The Longest Day" (1962).
With just one film in between, Mitchum went from portraying hardened criminal "Max Cady" in "Cape Fear", to his role as a gentle lawyer in "Two For The Seesaw". Mitch's superb versatility was never more apparent than in those two 1962 films.
MacLaine and Mitchum are on screen for very nearly the entire 1 hour and 59 minutes here, and (IMO) treat us to some very good, on-target, realistic dialogue. And the ending was a bit of a twist, which is another big plus.
One line in the script that I particularly thought hit the mark was when Shirley berates Robert with: "Who needs to work THAT hard if things [in a relationship] are going right?!". Makes good sense. There are several clever lines like that in the film.
As I watched this film, I kept being reminded of "The Hustler" (1961), which is very similar in pace, style, and looks. The small confines of the drab apartments and the overall dark visuals are very much the same in both movies.Read more ›
But little did I know that the music and the cinematography (by Ted D. McCord) would be the best part of this film. Both were nominated for Academy Awards, they stand out so much-not that Mitchum and MacLaine, who dominate this two-hander almost totally, were terrible, to the contrary-that the movie became more of a celebration of New York in glorious black & white, and the jazz score a stunning evokation of the tumult of star-crossed love.
I certainly was surprised by Mitchum's settled and reserved performance here, as a seperated wandering Nebraskan lawyer who falls hard for a younger dancer. His characteristic muscularity or physical imposition is covered by a sharp suit the whole time, and the internal strife of his instability-which is only exacerbated by MacLaine's Gittel, her immaturity and vibrance-combined for a distinct performance in the Mitchum canon. MacLaine by the way is very cute and spunky here, sharp and vulnerable, & but for her nasally whim and inflections, she is also excellent.
But the cinematography of Ted D. McCord and the music of Andre Previn are the highlights here. In fact I later realized that Two for the Seesaw was on TCM because of it's brilliant cinematography, scheduled along with To Catch a Thief, Black Narcissus, A Farewell to Arms, all of which won Oscars for cinematography, and The Facts of Life, which was also nominated....
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Interesting storyline with two of the best actors. Mitchum and McLaine excellent as usual.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Maclaine and Mitchum are very good actors, but I felt in spite of that fact, the movie was not enjoyable, to me at all.Published 8 months ago by PO
Two for the Seesaw delivered as advertised. I would do business with this seller again.Published 11 months ago by Dot Morgan
LOVED it. The movie and the play (which my daughter and son-in-law starred in several years ago. Heartbreakingly touching.Published 15 months ago by R. D.
After sending a replacement for the first one that didn't work..sorry to say that this one doesn't work either. I think they made some bad transfers of this movie. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Susan Morse James
I love Mitchum, but his performance in this movie was wooden. Ryan's Daughter, that's a movie to see something versatile coming from Mitchum.Published 17 months ago by Lulu
I liked this when I first saw it, way back, but now, after spending much time in New York, not nearly so much. Read morePublished 17 months ago by addison de witt
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