I Love My... Wife

Date: 
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Lightbox Film Center 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

While 1969’s Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is notable for its groundbreaking commentary on the self-help and free love movements of the hippie era, I Love My…Wife takes a decidedly more retrograde turn. With a wife he is no longer attracted to – along with a newborn and mother-in-law occupying his home – Richard Burrows (Elliott Gould) begins a series of affairs that threaten his marriage.

Solid Gould: Elliot Gould in the 1970s

If you had to choose one actor who best defines the Hollywood Renaissance of the 1970s, it would be the versatile, charismatic Elliott Gould.

Thanks mostly to a career-defining role in Paul Mazursky’s 1969 comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Gould became one of American cinema’s most in-demand leading men at a time when Hollywood was redefining what exactly a leading man was. It was Robert Altman who launched Gould into the decade as the mischievous Trapper John McIntyre in M*A*S*H. Gould again worked with Altman three more times in the early part of the decade, including starring roles in The Long Goodbye and California Split. With an informal, rough-around-the-edges charm, the hirsute Gould straddled the line between everyman and New Hollywood chic. Not all of his appearances were box office sensations, but he holds the distinction of being the first Hollywood actor to star in an Ingmar Bergman film (The Touch). A closer look at his career reveals how Elliott Gould rode the highs and lows of American film with aplomb, making even the smallest roles entirely his own.

This month, Lightbox salutes the inimitable Elliott Gould with eight classics from the decade that made him a star.

Photo credit: Lightbox Film Center

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