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Such a realistic look at a time gone by
I first saw this American Experience years ago and it left a lasting impression. Had to read the book but always wanted to see that dramatization. Just bought the DVD the other day. In short nothing I have seen or will ever see again seems so genuinely realistic as what life was like back in the late 1700's for a midwife-housewife. It was like a window into a time lost. I can only admire this woman for all her selfless tiresome drudgery to aid other women in their labor and to nurse sick and dying children.
The actors are amazing especially Ms. Lee, who was perfectly cast as Martha Ballad. She has such caring eyes and as she ages shows the wear and tear from such hard labor. To think that her written words are now part of history. How wonderful that she made her own ink and put it all down on paper. A must see for all.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Lemmon and Remick at their best
All your comments are great about this film. I'll be brief. Have seen this film many times having recorded it years ago and pull it out when I want to see just good acting since there is so little of it lately in film. I like when the commentators quote directly from the film like "Hit me again" and "Magic time." Favorite is from Remick.."you goody goodies with your hot coffee and cold feet." Just really admired both actors' abilities and can only hope Jack had to do the greenhouse scene just once as it takes a whole lot of energy. I do have one question, though, not much is mentioned of their child and how this whole lifestyle affected her. Thank goodness for her grandfather played poignantly by Bickford. Having grown up with an alcoholic father I was just wondering why the director didn't waste any time on Debbie's plight. But I guess it was a story of Joe and Kirsten's drinking problem not their child.