Tuesday, August 02, 2022

The Last Movie Stars

Last Friday night, Sharon and I finished watching The Last Movie Stars. The Last Movie Stars is a six-part documentary from CNN Films and HBO Max that chronicles Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's iconic careers and decades-long partnership. The marriage spanned 50 years and was often cited as one of the great Hollywood successful marriages and love stories.

The Last Movie Stars is a limited documentary series created and directed by Ethan Hawke. After discovering transcripts of interviews conducted at Paul Newman's request for an abandoned memoir project, a daughter of Newman and Joanne Woodward asked Hawke to tell their story. Hawke assembled actors to read pieces of the interviews. The interviews were conducted and edited by writer Stewart Stern. Newman burned the original tapes of the interviews.

This is an interesting documentary. It mixes the original interviews with footage from Newman and Woodward's films. They did 17 films together!?! We will end up watching several of the films in the future.

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