Almost a year ago, I wrote about a wonderful HBO movie made nearly 30 years ago, in 1985, Finnegan Begin Again. It starred Robert Preston in the second to last film he ever made, and co-starred Mary Tyler Moore. They're both terrific, but most especially Preston who acts with an ease that's almost ethereal. It's just a tremendous performance, the kind that anyone who wants to act should study. And the entire movie is charming. It's a story somewhat like Murphy's Romance, and oddly was made the same year, a romance between a middle-aged woman and a much older man who has no interest in romances any more.
The film was written by Walter Lockwood, and directed by Joan Micklin Silver who did the wonderful Hester Street and Crossing Delancey.
As I wrote at the time, the film unfortunately isn't on Netflix, nor do I know if it's even available for rental anywhere, let alone on DVD. What I said I could do, though, was embed a four-minute featurette HBO made about the film.
I can now do that one better.
Here's the entire film...
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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