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Film Review - 'Loving' and 'The Happy Ending'

Popular notions about alcoholism are often expressed in fiction that touches on the subject, as it does in two recent films. By coincidence, each centers upon a person unable to cope with the horrors of domesticity in affluent suburbia, though in Loving it is a husband (George Segal) who is driven to drink, and in The Happy Ending, a wife (Jean Simmons).

Evidently, the filmmakers did not see either picture as the story of an alcoholic; all the boozing is presented merely as a symptom of problems more interesting and dramatic than addiction. The disastrous binge... Login to read more
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