Movie Monday: Splendor in the Grass

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Sometimes I’m in the mood to simply watch a gut wrenching movie featuring sappy nostalgia, parents who just don’t get it, love that cannot be, girlish tears, and boys that you just wanna sock in the kisser. And when you’ve run out of Jane Austen movies to watch, Splendor in the Grass does just fine.

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Natalie Wood’s character, Deanie, was caught up in one of those nightmarish situations where she was told that sexual feelings were wrong and unnatural. And the advice her boyfriend received regarding their relationship wasn’t much better. This movie exemplifies the typical 20th century (and earlier) stigma that women often embraced- that their worth was defined by their ability to please a man and to be loved by him.

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It’s a pretty heart breaking story to watch, at times. Especially if you were ever been involved in one of those high school relationships where intense feelings, social conventions, and hopes for a future all collide into a great big mess. Maybe I can relate to Deanie more than I want to admit, and that’s why I love this movie so much.

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Of course, Warren Beaty’s character, Bud, has his own box of hangups… but you’ll just have to watch the movie to see the whole thing unfold.

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11 Responses

  1. claire says:

    After reading this post, I’m so intrigued to watch this movie! :)

  2. Jessica R. says:

    I’m on a classic movie kick lately so I love this post! And this movie has always been one of my favorites from when I was young. The problem is it brings me to sobbing every time! I have a love/hate relationship with it because of that! Thanks for the review.

  3. Tracey says:

    WOW!!! I REALLY need to watch this movie … sounds completely awesome.
    Love the shots you shared too! :)

  4. Vanessa says:

    love this movie! Natalie is completely gorgeous in it

  5. gee says:

    this is one of my favorite movies.
    i love natalie in this and warren is to die for. so handsome.
    the movie always makes me sad.
    but, i am a hopeless romantic..

  6. Katie says:

    Ooo, good one! I looove Natalie Wood.

  7. I used to love that movie as a kid. Then when I got older it made me depressed!! It is so lovely though.

  8. Kim says:

    thats so funny. Splendour in the grass is a SWEET festival here in Australia. I am really keen to see this film, i wonder if the name was inspired by this film.
    thanks for your blog. kim

  9. heather says:

    I’ve always loved this movie. The fashion was amazing and who doesnt love Natalie Wood.

  10. andrea says:

    I love this film so much! natalie wood is always a hair inspiration :)

  11. Robin says:

    I still have this on VHS this is one of my favorite movies this and This Property is Condemmed , when I was in high school I cut my hair because I felt crazy like Dennie and wanted a change