By Zoe Druick
Long prior to 'Reality TV,' Canadian filmmaker Allan King prompted a stir by way of blending people's inner most and public lives in his 1969 documentary A Married Couple. This observational cinema piece, which took an unscripted examine the city Edwards kin, used to be deemed too contentious to air by means of commissioning community CTV at the grounds of over the top nudity and obscenity. however, the documentary used to be approved by means of the Cannes pageant, and it really is now mentioned as a milestone in realist filmmaking.
In Allan King's A Married Couple, Zoë Druick examines the movie within the context of past due Nineteen Sixties cinematic and cultural pursuits. via a scene-by-scene synopsis and an research of up to date responses to the piece, she lines A Married Couple's impact on documentary and Canadian filmmaking. The 5th quantity within the Canadian Cinema sequence, this paintings is an available and interesting creation to a arguable movie and its attention-grabbing director.
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The camera pans right to reveal Bogart on a neighbouring mattress. Bogart awakens and climbs into bed between his parents. ’ This apparent substitution of ‘romanticism’ for ‘romance’ is corroborated in the next scene in which the three are seen through the reeds bathing naked in the sparkling lake together, an image of Eden. A soft, appealing light washes over them all, giving an almost Impressionist patina to the scene. Yet the nudity, however painterly and romantic, raised concerns for the Censor Board.
The documentary aspect of the ﬁlm permits the use of ‘real’ speech, which turned out to be one of the main topics considered by critics. The second controversy spawned by the ﬁlm concerns a nude bathing sequence during their vacation (scene 17). Guitar music accompanies a long shot showing a car driving along a country road. The sun is shining and the late summer colours are breathtaking. A dissolve transforms the scene to green reeds against sparkling blue water. The distinctive call of a loon is heard.
Billy, who appears in much of the ﬁlm wearing little more than red bikini briefs, apparently would not have worn any underwear were he not asked to do so by King. ‘The ﬁrst week we were shooting,’ recalled Leiterman, ‘we were there for morning wakeup and Billy got out of bed and tramped around the house, went down and called the dog, and then went out in the backyard and played with the dog – all this completely naked. ’19 Yet, despite this casual approach to clothing, he can be seen at numerous times in the ﬁlm smoking a pipe and ruminating about the respect owing to him as the man of the house.
Allan King's A Married Couple by Zoe Druick