Film 247 in the “1001 Films to see before you Die” challenge is 1955’s “Marty”. Based on a teleplay of the same name, this Delbert Mann romantic drama follows the life of Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine), a stout bachelor butcher who lives with his mother (Esther Minciotti) in the Bronx. Always unlucky in love, Marty reluctantly goes out to a ballroom one night and meets a nice teacher named Clara (Betsy Blair). Well… It didn’t take long for this film to make me sleepy. From what I gathered, Marty hates it when people ask him about finding a woman to marry. And someone’s mother is moving in because they stole milk from a baby… I think. Also, women are tomatoes. This film was already dragging after the first scene. If your film is dragging from the first scene, then you’ve already lost a good chunk of your audience. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I managed to say while watching 1955’s “Marty”
Film – Marty
Year – 1955
Director – Delbert Mann
Written by – Paddy Chayefsky
Staring – Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
My Rating – ZZZzz
Length – 89 min (1h 29min)
Genre – Drama, Romance
We open the film at a butchers as we see Marty chopping meat for a customer
$1.79 for all that meat?!
We don’t talk about romance with all this meat around
STOP TALKING ABOUT MARRIAGE!!!!
At the bar, everyone’s watching the Dodgers
Marty declines a date with a nurse
So… Does Marty hate dating women?
Even a prostitute on 72nd street doesn’t suit Marty
Don’t you hate getting unexpected visitors from out of town?
I’m already bored
All I’m getting out of this conversation is that milk is easy to make for babies
Fancy having my husband’s mother living with you
How does someone throw a fire under a cooker?
Tommy tells Ma that Marty should visit Stardust Ballroom to find a woman
Tomatoes = Women