*Classic: Splendor in the Grass (1961)


“What though the radiance which was once so bright,  be now for ever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower…..”

This is the beginning of a poem by William Wordsworth (1770-1850). This is a story about a teenage girl and boy during the 1920’s. They are torn apart by parents and social pressures. Their will to be together is tested throughout. Their relationship is also plagued by the years they spend apart, death in the family, mental illness, and financial hardships. I enjoyed watching the character development  of Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood as they journeyed from the teenage years into adulthood. There are many great actors in this film and it is well written. It won for best Original Screenplay and Natalie Wood was nominated for Leading Female Actress.

I have to admit it is eerily coincidental that Natalie Wood spent two scenes in the water in this film. Her real life ended abruptly and tragically  when she drowned in 1981  while vacationing.


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