Two For The Road (2/23)

“It’s what movie love is supposed to look like, which makes it all the more heartbreaking to know that it’s destined to sour.” — Keith Phipps, A.V. Club

The dissolution of a marriage on film can be gut-wrenching, often all too real — but when it’s as formally dazzling and as subtly rendered as Stanley Donen’s masterful, dexterous Two For The Road, we could watch it for untold hours. Working from a crystalline script by Frederic Raphael (Eyes Wide Shut, Darling), Donen weaves together a decade’s worth of shards from the long-winding breakup between Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, all gathered from the various road trips taken during their tempestuous, yet often highly romantic time together. As the ‘60s progressed, editorial techniques like the “jump cut” and the unbanding of linear storytelling quickly became de rigeur, yet Two For The Road’s jumping back and forth through time never feels gimmicky, and only feels organic — almost as if the dimension of Time itself is a devilish, willing interloper in this landmark menage a trois.
Dir. Stanley Donen, 1967, DCP, 111 min.

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