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.