I just love this 1966 movie.
it is a UK production
One immediately notices this from the accents, characters, wonderful dialogues, the way people and the camera move around.
It is a joy to listen English accent.
Story takes place in London.
Prime character of the story is a single man, Alfie, and he is a womanizer.
He has a very natural self centered personality, with lack of empathy.
He is a car driver in a company, not having big ambitions in life, and living the moment.
In flow of the story, Alfie has relation with five women in a linear form.
In these relations he displays not caring, not emphatic, disrespectful, self centered personality.
And when arguments pop up he has an explanation for everything. And his explanations usually sound "logical".
One unusual feature of the movie is that Alfie also talks to the viewer explaining why he acts like that at key moments.
These were the best parts making one laugh, even justifying him. :-)
But also leaves the viewer in doubt with questions like is he right? Should I have some empathy for him?
Does he sound logical/nonsense , genuine/fake? Is he nothing but a self obsessed psychopath?
Two of the girls have genuine love for Alfie, but other two women are with him just for fun, they are settled with their life.
And arguments are always with the ones in love with him.
These girls demand commitment to their relations. On one of them, they have a son.
And these loving girls are very altruistic and bear with him, but up to a point.
But among the five women, most interesting, more strong, most sympathetic one was the wife of his friend he met at Health Recovery Compound.
After a while, particularly after leaving his son, Alfie has health problems, and stay in a Health Recovery Compound for a while.
Here he meets another patient, Harry, whose wife visiting him regularly.
On one of these visits, Harry asks Alfie to take his wife, Lily to back to home.
And on that journey, Alfie has a one night stand with her.
But Lily has great respect for herself, for her husband.
And maybe this is the only woman among all others who gets Alfie's empathy, understanding, even sacrifice.
Movie resurfaces moral questions like should man be responsible, or is he naturally irresponsible, self centered creature, or is this a psychopathic personality?
Should women bear follow their feelings against such type of men, or be logical?
Starting with Michael Caine, all the cast were wonderful, Vivien Merchant, Julia Foster, Jane Asher, Shelley Winters.
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