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Blume in Love (1973)

Lawyer Stephen Blume, specialized in divorces, lives a paradoxical situation when, having his own marriage break up, is still in love with his ex-wife.


Paul Mazursky


Paul Mazursky

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Stephen Blume
Susan Anspach ... Nina Blume
Kris Kristofferson ... Elmo Cole
Marsha Mason ... Arlene
Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Cramer
Donald F. Muhich Donald F. Muhich ... Analyst
Paul Mazursky ... Kurt Hellman
Erin O'Reilly ... Cindy Chase
Annazette Chase ... Gloria
Shelley Morrison ... Mrs. Greco
Mary Jackson ... Louise
Ed Peck ... Ed Goober
Jo Morrow ... Bar Hostess
Gigi Ballista Gigi Ballista ... Older Man
Ian Linhart Ian Linhart ... Young Boy


Lawyer Stephen Blume, specialized in divorces, lives a paradoxical situation when, having his own marriage break up, is still in love with his ex-wife. Written by Victor Munoz <vmunoz@macul.ciencias.uchile.cl>

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Stephen Blume has a real problem. He loves his wife. See more »


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Release Date:

15 February 1974 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantes em Veneza See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »


Nina Blume: Are you happy?
Stephen Blume: I'm just not miserable. What more could anybody ask for?
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Music & Lyrics by Bob Dylan
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Probably Mazursky's best
17 April 2005 | by bob998See all my reviews

Paul Mazursky gave us three fine films: Blume in Love, Harry & Tonto and Moscow On the Hudson, and a host of lesser works that we can still enjoy. I can't think of many American directors of the last half-century with a record like his. Blume In Love is obviously influenced by Truffaut's Jules and Jim, but is funnier, faster and not indebted to literary models as Truffaut's film was.

The triangle of Blume, Nina and Elmo works so well because of Kris Kristofferson's easy charm and rock star charisma. The story would have foundered on Blume's obsessiveness and Nina's Puritan desire to do good ("I haven't done much for the farmworkers, but I boycott the supermarkets") had Elmo not been around to keep things light. The story he tells of the bust in Franklin, Tenn. is wonderfully funny, although a little scary, and the trio's singing Chester the Goat is a delight.

I became a George Segal fan when I first saw this movie, and I can't help but lament the lack of intelligence and depth in today's actors when I see what he does with this difficult character. Marsha Mason is his equal in talent, playing Arlene, Blume's vulnerable lover who knows her days are numbered. The smaller roles are ably filled, particularly Shelley Winters as the woman whose husband left her.

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