I watched Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass with Natalie Wood and a very young un-arrogant Warren Beatty this weekend, streaming Netflix. I remember it being around when I was a kid but never saw it then. It’s very good, and very unAmerican in its not so happy (not unhappy) ending.
It seemed to me an American version of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg — the same sad realism — and then I discovered that it was made three years earlier, so I wonder if the latter is a French version of Splendor. Both good.
Elia Kazan’s novel The Arrangement is worth a read too, fades away towards the end after a very good start.