'Petulia' (1968)

There was a Christie backlash when this haunting romantic drama was released in the tumultuous summer of ’68. Critics praised the Richard Lester-directed film shot in San Francisco during 1967's Summer of Love, but they turned their noses up at Christie’s performance as a free-spirited young woman — an “arch kook” — who is unhappily married to a wealthy and violent man (Richard Chamberlain) and who finds love with a surgeon (a terrific George C. Scott). In retrospect, though, Christie beautifully captures Petulia’s vivaciousness, romance and pain, and her final scene is a knockout. The John Barry score just adds to the magic.
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There was a Christie backlash when this haunting romantic drama was released in the tumultuous summer of ’68. Critics praised the Richard Lester-directed film shot in San Francisco during 1967's Summer of Love, but they turned their noses up at Christie’s performance as a free-spirited young woman — an “arch kook” — who is unhappily married to a wealthy and violent man (Richard Chamberlain) and who finds love with a surgeon (a terrific George C. Scott). In retrospect, though, Christie beautifully captures Petulia’s vivaciousness, romance and pain, and her final scene is a knockout. The John Barry score just adds to the magic.

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