The Way We Were (1973)

by guest writer

Sydney Pollack’s The Way We Were is focused on the love story between Katie (Barbra Streisand) and Hubbell (Robert Redford). The two meet in college for the first time, where Katie is an ardent activist with Communist views. On the other side, Hubbell is a handsome, gifted young writer. As the two become seriously involved years after finishing college, it becomes obvious that the differences between them are more of a temperamental nature.

Initially, the film was conceived by its writer, Arthur Laurents, with an overweighted political message, but ended up in an implicit romance, using the political factor only as a plot device to pursuit the complexity of the main characters. The beauty of the movie lies within its depiction of two very opposed personalities played by Redford and Streisand.

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