Today's movie - Splendor in the Grass (1961) starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty (imdb / netflix / wikipedia).
My brief crapily-composed summary - Natalie plays Wilma Dean "Deanie" Loomis who dates Warren Beatty's character Bud Stamper. They love each other. They want to have sex. Deanie won't, mostly because of her mother's influence (her mother implies that sex is something that women just do to please their husbands; that it isn't something a woman should enjoy). Bud's father tells Bud to use "another kind of girl" for sex, while staying with Deanie. Eventually all these conflicting emotions about sex drive Deanie mad and she's off to the institution. While she's gone Bud goes to college and marries a waitress he meets there. Bud (originally the rich one) ends up poor, while Deanie ends up engaged to a rich doctor she meets in the institution. They have one last meeting and then the movie ends.Deanie's reaction to finding out that women aren't supposed to enjoy sex. "What?!" - her face.
goodnight to her Bud-shrine.
How can you take a character named Bud seriously? I can't. Especially because whenever I hear the word "Bud" I only think of Rudy Huxtable and her friend Bud on The Cosby Show. You know what I'm talking about. The way Rudy says "Bud" = perfection.
Natalie Wood's expressions while she walks with Bud down the hallway = perfection.
Is it weird if I say that I'm obsessed with Natalie Wood's face? I could watch her all day. She's one of my favorite actresses because she is so INTERESTING to watch. Sometimes I can't tell if she's giving an AMAZING performance or a TERRIBLE one. Maybe both? She's so good but so particular.
Her death is a tragedy because she's a human being who died too young, but also just because I wish she could have continued to make movies that I could then watch.
Sort of a "Your girl is lovely, Hubbell" moment.
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