Wednesday, January 16, 2013

OLDIE GOLDIES: Marty (1955)

Ernest Borgnine receives his Best Actor Oscar

Oldie Goldies is back and we're kicking off 2013 with a sweet little film called "Marty". This is one of the most heartfelt films I've ever seen. Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair are so endearing as 2 misfits who find love. On first glance it's a simple story, but it actually makes some astute observations about mother-son relationships and marriage while also reminding us of the extremely patriarchal society of the 1950s. This film was a big hit at the Oscars, winning 4 awards (Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay). It was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

Classic Quote
"Angie: What do you feel like doing tonight?
Marty: I don’t know, Ange. What do you feel like doing?"

Classic Scene

Classic Characters
Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine)

Clara (Betsy Blair)

Angie (Joe Mantell)

Did you know?
In addition to gaining an Academy Award for Best Picture, the film enjoyed international success, becoming the second American film to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.