Movie Diary 5/24/2021

Starting Over (Alan Pakula, 1979). A very nice movie to re-visit, marked by an elegance missing from recent comedies (although the same elegance was missing from comedies of its era, too). Burt Reynolds gives one of his best performances, and Candice Bergen and Jill Clayburgh are given plenty of room to shine, even if cinematographer Sven Nykvist could’ve been a little more generous to the latter. At the time, the script was by one of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” writers, but in retrospect you can see James L. Brooks working up the stuff that would become his bread and butter (adapting, in this case, a novel by Dan Wakefield).

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