A View from the Bridge (film)

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A View from the Bridge
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Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Paul Graetz
Screenplay by Norman Rosten
Based on A View from the Bridge
by Arthur Miller
Music by Maurice Leroux
Cinematography Michel Kelber
Production
company
Transcontinental Films
Distributed by Continental Film Distributors (US)
Release date
19 January 1962 (France)
22 January 1962 (US)

A View from the Bridge (French: Vu du pont, Italian: Uno sguardo dal ponte) is a 1962 French-Italian drama film directed by Sidney Lumet with a screenplay by Norman Rosten based on the play of the same name written by Arthur Miller.[1]

Production[edit]

It was filmed in English and French versions, and its exterior sequences were filmed on location on the waterfront of Brooklyn, New York, where the play and the film take place.[2] Unlike the play, in which central character Eddie Carbone is stabbed to death with his own knife in a scuffle with his wife Beatrice's cousin Marco toward the end, in the film Eddie commits suicide by plunging a cargo hook into his chest.[3]

The film was the first time that a kiss between men was shown on screen in America, in the sequence in which an intoxicated Eddie Carbone passionately kisses his wife Beatrice's male cousin Rodolfo in an attempt to demonstrate the latter's alleged homosexuality. However, this overture was intended as an accusation of someone being gay, rather than a romantic expression.[4]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

A View from the Bridge premiered in the United States on January 22, 1962, to generally negative reviews. In Film Quarterly, Pauline Kael called the film "not so much a drama as a sentence that's been passed on the audience."[5] Stanley Kauffmann's review for The New Republic was titled "The Unadaptable Adapted."[6]

A more favorable review came from The New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther, who praised Sidney Lumet's realistic depiction of the Brooklyn waterfront and his choice of actors but believed that principal character Eddie Carbone lacked depth and dimension. "The rumbling and gritty quality of the Brooklyn waterfront," he wrote, "the lofty and mercantile authority of the freight ships tied up at the docks, the cluttered and crowded oppressiveness of the living rooms of the dockside slums are caught in his camera's comprehension, to pound it into the viewer's head that this is an honest presentation of the sort of personal involvement that one might watch—might spy upon—through a telescope set on Brooklyn Bridge." However, "The one great obstruction to the drama — and a fatal obstruction it becomes—is the slowly evolving demonstration that the principal character is a boor. As much as his nigh-incestuous passion and his subsequent jealousy may be credible and touching, they are low in the human emotional scale and are obviously seamy and ignoble. They haven't the universal scope of greed or envy or ambition or such obsessions as drive men to ruin."[7]

The film currently has a 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which noted that "Director Sidney Lumet shot the film in both English and French, with the English version sounding more recited than acted at times... The film is more commonly remembered today for a 'shocking' set piece, in which Eddie kisses Rodolpho full on the lips to 'prove' that the boy is gay."[8]

Recognition[edit]

For his performance as Eddie Carbone, Raf Vallone won the David di Donatello for Best Actor.[9]

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