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A celebration of Paul Newman's Dream to benefit Paul Newman's Association of Hole in the Wall Camps at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

Joanne Woodward Monday 2nd April 2012 A celebration of Paul Newman's Dream to benefit Paul Newman's Association of Hole in the Wall Camps at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center

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Sybil Review


Excellent
Thirty years have passed since the premiere of the groundbreaking television movie Sybil, and the release of full 192-minute version on DVD, along with a collection of interesting extras, is an excellent way to celebrate the anniversary one of the great TV events of all time. This harrowing true tale of multiple personality disorder, psychoanalysis, and unspeakable acts of child abuse depicted in all their horror, is unforgettable, as is the performance of Sally Field, who leapt to the A-list on the heels of an Emmy win for her work and picked up her first Oscar, for Norma Rae, three years later.

Late twentysomething Sybil Dorsett (Field) finds herself standing in a Central Park lake one day and can't remember how she got there. This is nothing new for the mousy and nervous woman, who has worked as a teacher. She's had blackouts throughout her life, some lasting for months. Luckily, Sybil finds a sympathetic ear at the office of noted psychiatrist Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (Joanne Woodward), who is willing to take on the case even though she has no idea what she's in for.

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A Fine Madness Review


Terrible
If you consider yourself a fan of Sean Connery, you might want to give A Fine Madness a pass. Connery is so hateful and downright mean in this film, it might sully your image of him permanently.

The "fine madness" of the title refers to Samson Shillitoe (Connery), a poet who's having trouble completing his next work. He's also a bit of a deadbeat: He can't keep a day job to save his life, he's months late on alimony payments and being chased by debt collectors, who he regularly beats up, invariably destroying the room he's in along the way. Oh, he cheats on his wife (Joanne Woodward), too. But she loves him so much she's willing to spend all her savings on, get this, psychoanalysis, so he can finish his poem.

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The Three Faces of Eve Review


Good
Never mind Alistair Cooke's monologue which opens The Three Faces of Eve: The film is not a true story presented without embellishment. It is based on a novel, which itself was based loosely on a true story about a woman with multiple personality disorder.

Joanne Woodward's performance in the title role is pretty much the only reason to see the film today -- mental illness has been handled with much more grace in the years since. Woodward deftly handles the difficult task of running through three characters: At first she's Eve White, a troubled and plain young woman, and soon enough Eve Black, a brazen hussie, comes to the forefront, doing battle with Eve White. As her psyche continues to degenerate, a third identity, Jane, comes to the forefront. Eve's psychiatrists are offered up as heroes -- looking back at them today reveals that they're all total chumps -- and through a series of absurd hypnotisms she eventually comes to grips with her past abuse and, like that, gets well.

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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Review


Grim
Merchant-Ivory, working stateside for once. Maybe not such a good idea, as this Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward vehicle is dry as dust, chronicling with detached boredom the ups and downs of the Bridge family, of which Newman is the head. Tiresome and uninspired, it ends as abruptly as it begins, with nary an audience member to care about any of it.

A New Kind Of Love Review


Grim
It may have been made in the 1960s, but the "new kind of love" promised in the title of this film isn't swinging or orgies. In fact this kind of love actually doesn't seem so new at all.

This bizarre oddity actually features real-life husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, five years after they were married, and thrown into an absurd love story that makes minimal sense and barely holds your interest for more than a few minutes. The setup is this: Newman is a journalist in Paris, and he thinks Woodward (despite her mannish looks here) is a high-priced call girl. He claims he wants to write a story about her, which of course is an entry to a love affair.

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