In honor of the difficult conversations Ronan Farrow is making the entertainment industry have this year, we present "John and Mary," a 1969 romantic drama, starring Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow directly on the heels of Midnight Cowboy and Rosemary's Baby. This film, directed by Peter Yates (Bullitt), was an adapted screenplay by John Mortimer from the Mervyn Jones novel. It all starts with the written word. Enjoy!
"John and Mary" begins the morning after they meet in a bar and go home together. The story unfolds during the next day as they get to know each other over breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They struggle with themselves when their conversations spark flashbacks to their previous relationships.
Before the release of the film, Hoffman and Farrow made the cover of Time in February 1969, with the headline "The Young Actors: Stars and Anti-Stars". This marked and celebrated new actors like Hoffman and Farrow as significant to their generation.
New Hollywood, aka the "American New Wave," refers to a movement in film history from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, when a new generation of young filmmakers came to prominence. They influenced the way major studios approached film-making. In these films, the director, rather than the studio, took the key role. The definition of New Hollywood varies, with some defining it as a movement, still active today, and others as a period. We believe that New Hollywood consist of several different movements re-emerging in the 1990s, 2000s and now, in which films are stylistically characterized by strongly deviating from the norm.