Tuesday, May 05, 2009

"Marty" - Part 1

Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" was originally aired on Philco Television Playhouse in 1953 ensuring Chayefsky as one the greatest writers of television's golden era. For the 90-minute film version Chayefsky, director Delbert Mann, and actor Ernest Borgnine reunited with a polished script with extra scenes perfecting a timeless study of loneliness and heartbreak.

Ernest Borgnine plays the single, 35 year old Marty Piletti, a "fat and ugly" butcher. Chayefsky's central theme is the pain of being unwanted shared by many of the story's characters. Marty just about gives up on love when he meets a 29 year old teacher, Clara. The plain-looking young woman has experienced a similar life of rejection.

The film explores the simple decency of these characters, their admirable qualities and mutual connection, and the slow escalation of self-esteem that will hold them together. Marty is a compassionate film that is never somber or depressing but reaches qualities of honesty, humor, and hopefulness without resort to maudlin sentimentality.

Over the next ten days, Indigo Red presents the full length 1955 movie in 10 minute segments. Today Part 1.

Marty won Oscars for Best actor (Ernest Borgnine), Best Picture, and Best Screenplay.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

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