Feels really modern for being over 90 years old. A tight melodrama about the life and dreams of a man who wants to make something of himself in New York and getting lost in "The Crowd". We watch him from birth through several ups and downs in his life until a breaking point for himself and for his marriage and family. Vidor manages the melodrama really well and never lets it get to be too much, as there are enough positive turns in here to keep the hope alive and keep things from getting too bleak.
Later to be remade into a broadway musical and the 90's film The Birdcage with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams, this is a story of two men who are comfortable with their sexuality and lifestyle who are asked to repress themselves for a night to meet the ultra conservative family of one of their son's fiancee. The men own (and one particpates in) a drag night club and live above it. They are asked to act as a normal family…
Barbara Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn in a Peter Bogdanovich ode to old screwball comedies...can't believe I hadn't seen this before. O'Neal plays a great straight man and it's a great to see an early Madeline Kahn performance, but the real star here is of course Streisand. Her chemistry with O'Neal is great and her comedic timing is superb. The farcical scenarios are reminiscent of great screwball's of the 30's and 40's and the Hotel destruction scene and the chase scene through the streets of SF are hilarious.
A really interesting film about the life of a professional thief/safe cracker. While there are a few elaborate heist sequences in the film, it's really a story about the man and the relationships he has with those around him. We see how he acts around strangers, people of authority, old friends, partners, and his wife, and it's all a great glimpse into his psyche.
It's also got the Michael Mann style with vibrant camera shots, vivid colors, and making everything…