The Sandpiper 1965
“All my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper – just running down the edges of different countries and continents, ‘looking for something’.”
Elizabeth Taylor is a bit pretentious in this film but with Richard Burton it works out. The themes in this film are many. We have the old boy’s club and a conservative religion. We have a young babe artist and Beatniks. Shake this all together and you get a natural conflict, especially when the babe artist seduces the conservative boy’s club Episcopalian married priest. The film is based on a short story by Martin Ransohoff. This embellished film is very interesting. The little shack on the beach where Laura lives is beyond awesome. Here Laura and her young son live peacefully until the law steps in. Then she is ordered to send her child to an Episcopal school and so she meets Dr. Edward Hewitt. This works out very well for her son in the long run.
Personalities and old and new love affairs merge in a world wind of defiance but love somehow grabs two impossible people to each other if only for a painfully brief time. Yes they are transformed and cause a lot of people a lot of pain.
“Only freedom can tame the wild, rebellious, palpitating heart of man.”
The film is set in Big Sur and the soundtrack is pretty cool. Charles Bronson plays Beatnik artist Cos Erickson who is in the process of sculpturing a wooden bust of Laura’s breasts in a few scenes. He also constantly challenges Dr. Edward Hewitt with funny religious questions. He knows that the priest has the hots for his Laura before she does. His jealousy proves him correct.
A fun and romantic film that puts you in the seat of the 60s and early 70s. It has some good things to say about life, love and headache. An adult love story that will make you laugh at times over desperate lovers and cool Beatniks. A silly film at times too. A good film for a late night rendezvous.
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