Sunday, March 21, 2010

Carnal Knowledge

As part of our winter ritual of catching up on our classics on lazy sundays over homemade meals that have been braising all day, we liked this Mike Nichols' once-controversial take on two friends Jonathan and Sandy- played by Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, respectively- who continually objectify the women in their lives based on their divergent ideals of sex and love. It starts from their pre-sexual revolution college years (a great time for that toggle peacoat you see Jack wearing) then ends with their bitter, emasculated anti-climax in the Vietnam era. Candice Bergen looks so beautiful and fresh-faced; and Ann-Margret won the Golden Globe for her supporting role as Jonathan's unstable, sexually-spent wife. Not a bad companion to Nichols' Closer come to think of it.

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