- Actors: Beau Bridges, Felipe García Vélez, Melanie Griffith, Dominic Hawksley, Louis Mahoney
- Directors: Frederic Raphael, Ken Russell, Tony Richardson
- Writers: Frederic Raphael, Dorothy Parker, Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne
- Format: Color, EP, NTSC
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Direct Source Label
- VHS Release Date: July 13, 2000
- Run Time: 83 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- ASIN: 6305507651
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Women & Men: Stories of Seduction VHS
Three short stories come to the screen, each focused on a man and a woman. The first is set in the 1940s, the other two in the 1920s. In "The Man in a Brooks Brothers Suit," a businessman of about 40 plies a younger Leftist women with liquor aboard a train. They spend the night together, and he decides he's in love with her. She plays along. In "Dusk Before Fireworks," Kit, a youthful flapper, arrives at Hoby's classy flat intent on an evening of passion. A constantly ringing telephone interrupts each embrace. In "Hills Like White Elephants," a couple traveling in Spain discuss her pregnancy: he wants things to stay as they are, she sees that notion as a fiction.
Top customer reviews
In the first piece, Beau Bridges is a smooth, sleazy traveling salesman on the make. If he didn't make the character so damned likeable, the piece wouldn't work. Elizabeth McGovern does her innocent, unsophisticated girl perfectly, and the piece becomes a dance with a predictable result. It is so well done, and so quickly paced, that it is fun to watch, despite that predictability.
The "Hills Like White Elephants," an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway, starring Melanie Griffith & James Woods, took my breath away. Melanie Griffith has done her share of cute, lisping roles, but her work in this piece, especially given Hemingway's general lack of interest in his female characters, is just amazing. James Woods is always intense, but he was matched, almost blown off the screen, by Griffith. It was a revelation.
As an actor, I have recommended this film to those who want to see some outstanding acting in an intense and rarely seen short form. For those that have said that Melanie Griffith is just "cute" and not that much of an actress, I prescribe the second story.
The other two short films are fine, but "Hills" prevails as a cinematic coup.
Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants" is directed by Tony Richardson, "The Man In The Brooks Brothers Suit" from Mary McCarthy is handled by Frederic Raphael, while Ken Russell takes the reins for Dorothy Parker's "Dusk Before Fireworks." Adaptations by Valerie Curtin, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. Musical score: Marvin Hamlisch.
In "Hills," a pregnant woman is urged by her lover to abort.
"Brooks Brothers" concerns a woman's chance encounter with a wealthy businessman.
"Dusk" tells of a gal's frustration when she and her gigolo lover are constantly disturbed by phone calls from his other lady friends.
The WOMEN AND MEN DOUBLE FEATURE DVD features "Stories of Seduction" along with its sequel, "In Love There Are No Rules." This second volume is available individually on VHS
Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.
(5.0) Women & Men: Stories of Seduction (TV-1990) - Beau Bridges/Melanie Griffith/Ray Liotta/Elizabeth McGovern/Molly Ringwald/Kyra Sedgwick/Peter Weller/James Woods
Mary McCarthy's `The Man in the brooks Brothers Suit' is a train ride in the 1940's where a self indulged businessman (Beau Bridges) attempts an succeeds in seducing a Leftist reporter (Elizabeth McGovern) whose political and philosophical leanings are drowned in liquor and she enters into an affair with a capitalist man she knows will not last: empty pledges of love quite expectedly dissolve. Director: Frederick Raphael.
Dorothy Parker's very dry and boring `Dusk Before Fireworks' pairs a lothario (Peter Weller) with one of is many women (Molly Ringwald) in a 1920s setting of a decadently art nouveau apartment with the chief enemy being a telephone constantly ringing with messages from other lovers disquieting the planned evening of passion. Director: Ken Russell
Ernest Hemingway's `Hills Like White Elephants' is the finest of the three, a tale from 1925 that takes place in a train depot in Spain where an author (seemingly Hemingway) James Woods is attempting to console a beautiful young lady (Melanie Griffith) that the decision of having an abortion of a pregnancy resulting from their union is a matter of choice for the woman. These two fine actors in a few minutes make an age-old decision situation come to life with their illuminating performances. Director: Tony Richardson
Somewhere hidden in the background are Kyra Sedgwick and Ray Liotta. The musical score is by the much-missed Marvin Hamlish. The trio of stories is worth watching for the presence of the actors and for the solid presentation of the Hemingway piece, possibly because of the adaptation by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunn! Grady Harp, August 12