Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Bridges of Madison County (1995). One of Clint Eastwood's few Romantic Films.

The Bridges of Madison County(1995) Romantic drama film based on the novel by Robert James Waller. The film was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with Kathleen Kennedy as co-producer and the screenplay was adapted by Richard LaGravenese. Cast: Eastwood and Meryl Streep, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1996 for her performance in the film.

This is one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies. The story begins in the summer of 1965. Francesca, a lonely, Italian housewife in Iowa(While her husband and children are away at the Illinois State Fair) meets and falls in love with a photographer who has come to Madison County, Iowa to take pictures for National Geographic on the covered bridges. The four days they spend together turn out to be the most important time in her life. She writes about those four days in a diary which is later found by her children after her death.

This one of those movies I have mixed feelings about, because of the infidelity. Isn't it funny that all the films I seem to have mixed feeling about is Clint Eastwood movies? Anywho... Meryl Streep is absolutely wonderful in this film. One of my favorite scenes is the breakfast scene where all of her story is seen in her face, the results are pure magic. Look at how she closes the refrigerator door with her foot to her laughter. Look at her reaction when she discovers that Clint stopped in her home town in Italy, just because he thought it was pretty. I do not want to give the ending away.. but, I feel she made the right decision.


  1. Another good article, Dawn. This movie was really big with middle-aged women who could really relate to the Meryl Streep character. Clint Eastwood has indeed worn many hats!

  2. Becky, Thank you. Meryl Streep, is one of my favorite modern day actress. I feel, she is one of the few actess who can lose herself inside the characters she plays, transforming herself to meet the demands of her roles.

    I enjoyed Clint Eastwood's performance in this film. I did not know he could be so...romantic..


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