My Old Addiction

The Way We Were


(out of 5)

Politics and romance mix with volatile results in this entertaining, intellectual soap opera.  is zesty as an outspoken socialist who falls in love with golden boy .  He disapproves of her communist tendencies, but the two of them are so drawn to each other that they can’t help but ignore their differences until it becomes impossible to do otherwise.  The idea of watching these two fight and make up, argue at parties and take walks on the beach sounds like a maudlin affair, but Arthur Laurents’ screenplay is intelligent and the dialogue is excellent. Redford is his usual non-committal self, but Streisand gives the film all the energy it needs and more, plus sings the still popular title theme song.

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USA, 1973

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Screenplay by

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Music by

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Film Editing by

Academy Awards
Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) (Marvin Hamlisch)
Best Music (Song) (“The Way We Were”, music by Marvin Hamlisch; lyrics by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)

Best Actress (Barbra Streisand)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Stephen Grimes; set decoration: William Kiernan)
Best Cinematography (Harry Stradling Jr.)
Best Costume Design (Dorothy Jeakins, Moss Mabry)

Golden Globe Award
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“The Way We Were”, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman)

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Barbra Streisand)


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