Friday, July 11, 2014

Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)

2 unlikely damaged people fall in love.

If you're looking for a love story waaay off the beaten path, this is a good one. Minnie is a damaged lady working at a museum.  She has no luck with men, hangs out at the movies with her elderly co-worker, and has been falsely lured by Hollywood romance.

Seymour Moskowitz is a broke, aimless car valet with an impulsive personality, long hair, and a hell of a mustache.  These two tug, fight, and scramble their way into a relationship.

The original indie director John Cassavetes unleashed this on the heels of Easy Rider.  This director is known for improvisation and rough filming style, so beware, this is not a polished looking movie.

That being said, Gena Rowlands is strikingly beautiful and shows so many facets. Seymour Cassel goes balls out with his heart on his sleeve ("I think about you so much I forget to go to the bathroom.")   and looks like a desperate, aging hippy.  What a couple these 2 make.

Seymour says the line, "If you think of yourself as funny, you become tragic.", which kind of defines the movie for me.  It is funny, but you can't laugh.  Very sweet romance and watchable for sure.

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