Best Picture: Marty

Marty_film_posterMa, sooner or later, there comes a point in a man’s life when he’s gotta face some facts.  And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain’t got it. – Marty

Marty is the first Best Picture winner in some time that is a simple movie.  Ernest Borgnine plays Marty, a  Catholic butcher in his early thirties who is the only one of his siblings who is currently single.  He considers himself to be a ‘fat, ugly man’, and his relationships with his family and friends shows him to be a push-over, who they routinely ignore to focus on their own wants.  This begins to change when he is pushed into going to a dance hall and meets Clara, who was abandoned by her blind date and sees herself in the same light as Marty, as ‘a dog.’

Marty is a pretty short movie, just over 90 minutes long, and takes place over one weekend.  Where a modern romantic movie might cover several weeks of courting and dating, Marty is focused more on the first meeting and the emotions that follow.

I like this movie, not only because it was short and simple, but it is a well built film.  A nice one to just have on in the background.  Definitely one I recommend.

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