Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward play a couple in the thirties and forties who carry their Victorian lifestyle past its reasonable life expectancy. Mr. Bridge is stiff, all knowing and protective of his wife and three children. His love for them is obvious but not very often expressed. He conceals his medical problems from his wife rather than sharing them. In his mind he is sparing her difficulty, while in reality she is protected from life and all her ambition and ideas.
Women had 25 years to go before they began to have some equality in society but one daughter feels the eruption of her determination to reach for her own life when she says to her mother "no man will treat me the way he treats you". He is not abusive he brings flowers, but he rules as a benevolent dictator, making decisions and in full control.
The background music, cars, furniture and houses are molded beautifully into the tapestry of the time, a time that was passing into history as America moved into World War II.
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge is a film for adults who will enjoy the emotions of everyday life. It will bring you back to the time of radio when mother and father sat in their favorite chairs and listened to Rudolph Friml music. It is a beautifully performed warm trip back in time.
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