How Time Flies
Robert Redford and Jane Fonda star in a new, upcoming movie, Our Souls at Night. It tells the story of a couple of old, long-time neighbors who -- now alone in life -- decide to start a relationship. Just a reminder that Redford and Fonda also starred in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park as young newlyweds -- in 1967. That's 50 years ago. A half century!
And actually, to be fair, this wasn't even the first movie that they starred in together. That would have been The Chase, made the year before. (That one also starred Marlon Brando, so Barefoot in the Park is their first film they didn't have to share star billing with anyone.)
I wonder what the "record" is for the longest period between two people starring in their first movie together and their latest? 51 years has to be close, if not "it."
Mind you, in between, they also filled in the gap to star in The Electric Horseman in 1979.
So, just one year between their first two films. But then 12 years pass before they get together again on screen. And another 38 years before they try it one more time. Hey, I guess sometimes it just takes a while looking for the right project to re-team...
I initially had embedded the trailer, but then I watched this clip, and when I came to the 1:30 mark, I knew I had to use this one instead. It's sort of remarkable, in a movie history kind of context --
And then a quick time-warp half a century ahead. This is what life is like 50 years later..
9/2/2017 10:06:49 pm
At least they found a third project to do together, Redford and Newman never did find one.
9/3/2017 12:53:02 pm
I always sensed they weren't looking all that hard, and that that was their stock-excuse. Not that they wouldn't have done something under ideal conditions, but I can't believe that over the next 30-40 years there weren't any terrific scripts for two older men, and so I just sensed that at a certain point it was more, "Those two films are our legacy, let's leave it at that." But who knows?
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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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