We are in the presence of a classic. And what a classic. Can join the great Sinatra and Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine and the film music of Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story). The first time I saw this movie at Cinematheque (Lisbon classic cinema), still had certain prejudices about this kind, i was at the stage of "these movies are for my parents." After seeing it changed my view and became one of the movies of my life. First, the soundtrack through dreary Bernstein does not seem to fit into the story, but soon i realized why it fits so well.
Sinatra (Dave Hirsh) is a soldier returned to Parkman, his hometown after many years. It is a writer and likes whiskey. First, coming up with the boredom of that place and came into contact with the family, so little like him. The brother is rich, known in the city and more concerned about his reputation than anything else.
Dave Hirsh is the symbol of the dilettante and misunderstood writer, passionate by women. His brother Frank is a rich and cynical banker. The story revolves around Dave and two women, Gwen and Ginnie. Gwen is a woman Literate prudish and reserved, Ginnie, so well played by Shirley MacLaine, the woman is "Flausina" (words by Frank, in the Portuguese translation), naive and childish. Dave, being a writer, falls in love with Gwen, but who devotes his life to him is Ginnie. He ends up disillusioned with Gwen because once something happens, she is indecisive and rejects his love because of his "companies".
This film deals very much with love like the simplicity and unconditional dedication to other and not in intellectualization or the virtues of another. The phrase that makes Dave fall in love with Ginnie instantly, sums up this idea: "I know I don't understand you. But we can't love what we don't understand? ". Basically, the girl less literate and more "stupid" finally says this. Gwen is beautiful and interesting but is full of prejudice and pride, something which stoped her from loving.
António Brito, Portugal