Marty [DVD] 
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Multiple Oscar-winning film adapted by Paddy Chayevsky from his own breakthrough, 'kitchen-sink' teleplay. Ernest Borgnine plays Marty, a shy, middle-aged butcher who leads a dull and hopeless life with his domineering mother. Eventually Marty summons up the courage to start dating a homely girl, but pressure from his mother and continuing doubts as to what his mates will think lead him to stop seeing her.
Before beginning the main feature make sure you watch Burt Lancaster's endorsement of Marty in the appended theatrical trailer first. Yes, he was involved as coproducer, but his conviction clearly stems from the film itself. This screen adaptation of Paddy Chayevsky's play was a breakthrough in an American neo-realism that would sustain itself for two decades. Ernest Borgnine is in his element as the Bronx butcher in his mid-30s seemingly destined for a bachelor existence on account of past disappointments. There's a winningly natural performance from Esther Minciotti as his well-meaning, ever-interfering mother, while Betsy Blair is inspired casting as schoolteacher Clara, plain and diffident but with the proverbial good heart. The supporting cast is one of telling cameos, simply and unselfconsciously delivered. Delbert Mann conveys the energetic bustle of the Italian ex-pat community, and ensures that the intimacy of the original play is not lost.
On the DVD: Marty's black-and-white print reproduces crisply in the DVD format, as does Roy Webb's score, which vividly evokes 1950s American city life. There's dubbing in four and subtitles in five European languages, together with the original trailer mentioned above. Having seen Marty, you'll surely agree that Lancaster's enthusiasm was not misplaced. --Richard Whitehouse
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Ernest Borgnine's Oscar winning performance as the title character in "Marty" is so captivating that you might forget the real star of this film is writer Paddy Chayefsky. Originally "Marty" was an acclaimed live television anthology drama that aired in May 1953 on the "Philco-Goodyear Playhouse." The 50-minute production starred Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand. The drama was a poignant tale of the battle against loneliness for butcher Marty Piletti, who knew that whatever a woman wanted in a man, "I ain't got it." When Marty finally met a woman, his friends cruelly called her "a dog." But then Marty realized that he was a dog too and seized his chance for happiness, arranging a date as the drama ended.
The telecast of "Marty" made Chayefsky one of the greatest writers of television's "Golden Age," second only to Rod Serling ("Patterns," "Requiem for a Heavyweight"). Two years later Chayefsky and director Delbert Mann reunited in Hollywood to make a 90-minute film version of the story, which was expanded masterfully by the author as he explored the pain of being unwanted. What made the story a winner was that this is not a depressing story and we never fail to feel not only sympathy but affection for the main character. Marty is about to give up on love when he meets the plain-looking Clair (Betsy Blair), a teacher about to turn 30 who has also faced a life of rejection. What makes their rejection painful is that they are both decent people, who come together because they are able to recognize their own decent qualities in each other.Read more ›
Than came the film, and it was one of the first "Real-life" movies about the small-time people in the big city, with their dreams and fears, and need of love and exeptance.
The acting is flawless, the writing amazing (notice Marty's piece on how he cant stop talking) and directing - makes this a must for those who want to find the different kind of Hollywood of that are.
Ernest Borgnine plays the role of Marty Piletti, a stocky, thirty-four year old, lonely Italian butcher living at home in the Bronx with his mother. He is the last of the Piletti brood still in the nest. Physically unattractive and a bit doltish, he is a socially awkward, lumbering lummox of internal pain and angst. His mother wants him to get married, or so she thinks, until the reality of what such might ultimately mean for her sinks in. She takes her cue from her sister, Marty's Aunt Catherine, who is living with her son and daughter-in-law and making their lives hell. Consequently, she is going to move in with Marty and his mother.
Marty spends most of his spare time with his friend Angie, as well as with a bunch of other losers. Unloved, unmarried, and unable to get a date, Marty has all but given up on finding Miss Right, when he meets a twenty-nine year old high school teacher, also from the Bronx, Clara Snyder (Betsy Blair), at the famous Stardust Ballroom. Clara, a well educated, nice plain-Jane, is there as part of a pity double date arranged by her brother-in-law. Unfortunately, her date turns out to be a total cad who unceremoniously tries to fob her off on anyone he can, so that he can get some action going with a hot babe he knows. Marty feels Clara's pain, so he asks her to dance, not knowing that he is meeting his feminine counterpart and soul-mate.Read more ›
This movie has a really touchingly good human story about those people (both men and women) who are lonely and seem to get left 'on the shelf' because they are not so good-looking. People often say that looks are only skin deep and that personality is most important. Whilst this may be true, it's a fallacy to believe for one moment that when we are first attracted to each other that it isn't anything else but physical 'looks' alone that takes precedence over personality, and those people who always say to the plain person that looks do not matter, always seem to be attractive, and with someone good-looking themselves! However, this story seems to prove that people are often drawn to one another because they are not good-looking themselves and are thrown together because they cannot get anyone better - a sad, but true fact nonetheless.
A truly lovely film about real life and real people, but I simply hated the horrid term used throughout the picture 'dogs' when referring to people who are not overly attractive... This seems to be more of an American term than British - but is rather course, not to say degrading...
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My parents had been looking for this film for ages. Great price prompt servicePublished 8 months ago by Tess Heneghan
One of the most emotionally charged films ever, this picture really is a milestone in movie history. Anybody who hasn't seen this masterpiece should get on the case asap. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ron Whittle
Life begins at thirthy five is the moto of this filmm ernest borgnine now you can learn how you can get a girl and get married even if you reach the age of 35 its very agreable... Read morePublished 13 months ago by De Vliegher Emiel
Delightfully dated. Before Rock 'n' Roll. No discos or clubbing, just dance halls. Men wore suits and ties. not a Mobile phone or
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