It's Thursday! That means it's time for another Thursday Movie Picks. Let's just get it underway.
This week's theme is:
This one was a tough one. I kept trying to find films that really represented a love being rejected...a real love...and that was hard to find. I found a lot of affairs and whatnot, or rejected passes, but not many that felt like genuine love being unrequited. And the one that I really wanted to use was used up by Wandering Through the Shelves.
But I think I found some good ones...
|Written on the Wind|
As a whole, I think the film is slightly uneven and tonally bizarre (so melodramatic), but this film, for me, is the perfect representation of unrequited love. In fact, you get TWO cases of it, all thanks to Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall have to be complete bitches (not really, but you get my point). The thing about this movie is that it shows how devastating and deteriorating and destructive this kind of love can be, with Robert Stack's (remarkable performance) rejected husband turning to alcohol abuse and Dorothy Malone's (another remarkable performance) rejected woman turning to manipulating, man-eating, self-centered loathing. It's chilling.
Poor Eli Wallach. All he wanted to do was woo the beautiful Marilyn Monroe, but it's worse, because she falls in love with his best friend, Clark Gable. I feel this one, pretty rough, because I've been there...in love (so in love) with this amazing girl only to have her reject my affections and fall for my best friend...and having to sit in the backseat of your best friend's car while he rides around with this girl, cuddling her, kissing her...it's just...awful.
|The Talented Mr. Ripley|
One could easily try and dismiss this as lust, but it's not. Sexually, yes, Ripley was lustful, but this is about a different kind of love, a platonic love that is openly and viciously rejected, and the aftermath is remarkably destructive. Ripley loves Dickie...truly, deeply loves him. Dickie tolerates Ripley...and then doesn't anymore. This is such a devastating reality, and we've all been there when we thought we were closer to someone then we really were. Highsmith was clever and turned a very real emotion into this super rich thriller, but at the heart of this story is a man who just wanted to love, and be loved in return.