The Heartbreak Kid
DIRECTOR: ELAINE MAY
CAST: CHARLES GRODIN, CYBILL SHEPHERD, JEANNIE BERLIN, AUDRA LINDLEY, EDDIE ALBERT
A witheringly funny story of romanticized sexual longing running smack up against reality, May’s riposte to old partner Mike Nichols’s The Graduate stars Charles Grodin as a New York sporting goods salesman who regrets his family-sanctioned marriage to a nice Jewish girl (May’s daughter Jeannie Berlin) the moment he meets shiksa dream Cybill Shepherd on his honeymoon. DP Owen Roizman starkly contrasts the changes of setting, from Miami to Minnesota, and maintains the atmosphere of brittle hilarity throughout.
Since 2009, the Academy has conducted a red carpet event for its Governors Awards, presented to individuals in recognition of prestigious lifetime achievements in cinema. This year, four Academy Honorary Awards were presented to recognize four extraordinary bodies of work, those of directors Charles Burnett and Agnès Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman, and actor Donald Sutherland.
35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and screened with permission by Paramount Pictures.