Pretty good and an interesting portrait of two screwballs.
Felicia Montealegre and Charlton Heston star in this teleplay adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's famous story, "Of Human Bondage". Because the production needed to be fit into a one hour time slot and because censors would not allow for some of the salacious aspects of the story to be televised, it's a bit abbreviated. Now this does NOT mean it's a bad production. It's actually quite admirable and Heston was very good in the lead. As for Montealegre, she was good but also a bit shrill and unattractive--making his infatuation with her a bit hard to understand. However, if you understand the psychology of the characters, it does make sense. Given my background providing psychotherapy and teaching psychology, I have some insights into the personalities of the two characters. Mildred (Montealegre) clearly was a Borderline Personality. In essence, she's a combination of many personality disorders. She's selfish, without conscience, prone to outbursts where she either idealizes or loathes those close to her and has no tolerance whatsoever for boredom--so she continually creates chaos around her to feed her need for stimulation. As for Philip (Heston), he's clearly a Dependent Personality--a person who MUST have someone in order to feel self-worth--even if he destroys himself in the process. Fortunately, his disorder doesn't run as deep as Mildred's--he CAN possibly leave her and save himself. But, it's a long time coming, that's for sure. Maugham did a magnificent job capturing these two personalities--a 'marriage made in hell' so to speak. And, the producers and writer who adapted the play did a fine job as well. Well worth seeing.
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