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Same Time, Next Year
They couldn't have celebrated happier anniversaries if they were married to each other.
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Originally a stage play, the two are seen changing, years apart, always in the same room in different scenes. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on.
The biggest problem afflicting Same Time, Next Year is it's lofty goal of treating the central romance as a parallel to the changing of attitudes and cultural shifts that occurred from the early 50s to the late 70s instead of treating them like an actual couple that makes any sense. The film focuses on Doris and George, who meet at an inn and fall in love, agreeing to meet there one day a year to resume their affair. These two people never fully develop any kind of real personality beyond the most vague terms, instead seeing themselves tossed around between broad stereotypes every time we return to see them every five years or so. Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda can't…
Adultery has never been so charming. Great characters, great performances and a decent depiction of time passing over several decades. Some of the character shifts feel a bit stunted and too extreme at times, but seem consistent with a stage play adaptation.
Charming romantic picture.
A tepid sweet meal. Genteel lifelong adultery by two ciphers, played by Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda. The time span is from 1951 to 1977. The gimmick is the way that social changes and fashions in dress and ideas are reflected in these two, and the single joke is that adultery can be regulated and celebrated, just like marriage. Of course it can be, if you remove every ounce of passion and sexual tension from it, which is what the writer, Bernard Slade, and the director, Robert Mulligan, have done. If someone you make the mistake of caring about insists on your going to this movie, take a small flashlight and a book. From Slade's two-character, one-set Broadway hit. Universal.
see When the Lights Go Down.
A very funny likable movie. I enjoyed it and had forgot how fun it was. The acting was very good and believable. Ellen and Alan made a great pair and really sold there parts of the story.
most savage movie ever made, but also really sad and depressing
This two-person play is transferred to the screen without being able to escape its stage origins, but it offers a great opportunity to see two fine actors give two fine performances.
Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda play lovers who meet once a year at the same time and place for a weekend together. In between, they live their separate lives with their respective families, and they spend as much time catching each other up about the goings on in their individual worlds as they do fooling around during their yearly trysts.
Burstyn and Alda are a joy to watch, and they handle the evolution of their characters well. The movie itself gets better as the two principals age -- the…
Ellen Burstyn's sisyphean perfomance carries this movie from start to finish. It is a masterfully dry, if sadly squandered, feat of acting. Meanwhile, Alan Alda tries on lots of clothes and wigs.
Adaptation of Broadway play about two people (married to other people) who continue an affair at the same resort on the same day every year. It cascades in 5 year increments and so very cliche mirrors the attitudes and lingo of these periods. Oscar Best Actress nominee (for this film in 1978) Burstyn is better than the irritating over the top Alda.
Robert Surtees' filtered cinematography seems an odd fit for this stagy, talky, mostly dull Mulligan film. Alda and Burstyn play a couple who once a year meet up in the same hotel room to continue their affair. The film jumps 5 years after every meeting making the viewer suffer through a b&w stills montage of notable historical and pop culture landmarks. A lot of the film is concerned with Alda wanting to have sex as much as possible, which is too disgusting to even conceive of; and also of their home lives with their respective spouses. The tone is at points oddly farcical and then deeply, nauseatingly saccharine. Mulligan's framing and staging is mostly inexpressive, and by the time that Alda is contorting his face to resemble crying, most of the goodwill I had for the film was gone.
There are plays that are made into movies that feel completely like movies, and then there are plays that are made into movies that just feel like a play still. This definitely falls into the latter. Not that it's bad, but I think I'd rather have just watched it on stage.
Chatting to Anna in the thread to my review for 'Voices', I was lamenting the fact that I find it…
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Golden Globe Award in any category.