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A New Kind of Love DVD
Written by Diana Saenger   

A New Kind of Love (1963) is a mindless comedy that is supposed to be funny, but isn't. Paul Newman and real life wife Joanne Woodward star in A New Kind of Love but there's no chemistry between them and even their strong acting skills can't save this lame story. It was nominated for two Oscars, one well deserved for costumes (Edith Head) and the other for Best Music (Leith Stevens), neither of which helped the sorrowful plot.

Paul Newman plays Steve Sherman, a newspaper journalist who sleeps with his boss's wife and gets sent on assignment to Paris to cover the fashion industry. Joanne Woodward is Samantha (Sam) Blake/Mimi, a dingy fashion buyer who talks her boss into going to Paris on a real shopping trip.

When Steve and Sam meet, at first he thinks she's a man because she dresses like one. The next time they meet, he thinks she's a hooker, and she thinks he's such a cad she goes along with it. The two flounder around Paris each supposedly doing their job, but always running into each other. The lack of chemistry between them is very noticeable, and that combined with the lame plot and the highly uninteresting and underdeveloped characters, made it almsot impossible to keep watching.

Paul Newman had been making movies for nearly 10 years and he was excellent in many of them, such as Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958), The Long Hot Summer (1958) and The Hustler (1961). The same goes for Woodward who showed remarkable talent in films such as The Three Faces of Eve (1957), The Long Hot Summer (1958) - in which the couple worked well together -and Rally €˜Round The Flag Boys! (1958). So I can only conclude the problem with this film had to lie in the script and or direction. And the cast of Maurice Chevalier, Eva Gabor and Thelma Ritter don't heighten the enjoyment either.

That said, however, this is Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - two of classic Hollywood's' icons. So any fans of their fans may want to own this in their collection.

Special Features:

— Widescreen Version enhanced for 16.9 TVs

— Dolby Digital

 

 

Director: Melville Shavelson

Writer: Melville Shavelson

Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Maurice Chevalier, Eva Gabor, Thelma Ritter

Rating: Unrated

Classic Movie Guide Rating: 1.5 our of 5 stars

DVD Release Date: 1/18/2005

Run Time: 110 minutes

Studio: Paramount Home Video

A New Kind of Love

© Paramount Home Entertainment

 



                       

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