A teen melodrama of epic proportions. I don't think I ever really realized that it was a teen movie since I've always just thought of it as another classic film but it really is a nicely nuanced look at being a teenager in a conservative community and how that can mess you the fuck up as you're just trying to figure out how to fit in your skin. I wish that Kazan had been a little more artistic with his…
This might be the granddaddy of all little fish in the big city movies and one of my new favorite New York films. It's so entertaining and charming with fantastic performances and cutting edge cinematography & VFX.
But my favorite part was the role of Mary, the lead's wife. It's not that often you get a female character that has her own agency and inner life so well developed, particularly in a silent era film. Eleanor Boardman gives the role such great depth, supportive but appropriately critical. Her husband's a a fuckboy, everyone knows it, but he's her fuckboy and goddamnit, she's gonna make it work.
Perfection. A study in blocking and camera movement. The deep space. The POVs. Maybe the best use of zooms in a more subtle style. I mean Haskell Wexler just did the fucking thing, it's just incredible.
And the script, goddamn! Sharp, crisp, it feels fresh even in 2017. It's just so perfectly layered and a playground for the amazing cast. Steiger earned that Oscar win but Poitier is just a star. And everyone around them are just pitch perfect.