World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

Article Id: WHEBN0008656846
Reproduction Date:

Title: Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Maggie Smith, 1973 in film, Timothy Bottoms, Alan J. Pakula, Alvin Sargent, Michael Small, List of Columbia Pictures films, List of American films of 1973
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Produced by Alan J. Pakula
Written by Alvin Sargent
Starring Maggie Smith
Timothy Bottoms
Music by Michael Small
Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
Editing by Russell Lloyd
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 19 April 1973
Running time 110 mins
Country United States
Language English

Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing is a 1973 American film directed by Alan J. Pakula.[1] It is often categorized as a drama, but contains many comic elements. Maggie Smith and Timothy Bottoms star.

Plot

Walter Elbertson (Timothy Bottoms) is a young, shy asthmatic who lacks direction in his life and the confidence to tackle his future. His father, in an effort to instill some spirit into his son, sends him on a biking holiday in Spain. Walter goes to Spain but finds the bike riding torturous due to his asthma and lags behind the rest of the group.

Lila Fisher (Maggie Smith), meanwhile, is touring Spain by bus. She too is awkward with people and keeps to herself, and looks uncomfortable when a Spaniard tries to woo her with bird noises.

Soon the two tours coincide. Seeing the bus about to depart, Walter decides he has had enough of the bike and joins the bus tour. He ends up alongside Lila on the rear bus seat, wheezing terribly from having run for the bus.

The two begin spending time together out of necessity, but neither seems particularly confident in the growing relationship, Lila particularly. However, their similar dispositions soon bring them closer and they consummate their relationship. Not all goes smoothly, both expressing doubt of the other's loyalty. They make pledges of commitment to one another, increase their intimacy, and strengthen their bond.

Walter and Lila eventually decide to leave the bus tour behind. Walter organises a small caravan to take them around the country. At one point, they meet The Duke (Don Jaime de Mora y Aragon), who lives in a large Spanish castle, and seems to be very taken with Lila. This awakens jealousy in Walter, and for the first time he acts with strength and resolve to keep her with him.

Lila, who has shown signs of illness at various points along the way, confesses to Walter that she has not long to live. The two determine, with Walter as the main instigator, to spend her remaining days traveling together and following their hearts.

Alternate title

Also known as The Widower (a working title in the U.S.)

Cast

  • Lila Fisher - Maggie Smith
  • Walter Elbertson - Timothy Bottoms
  • The Duke - Don Jaime de Mora y Aragon
  • Spanish Gentleman - Emiliano Redondo
  • Dr Elbertson - Charles Baxter
  • Mrs Elbertson - Margaret Modlin
  • Melanie Elbertson - May Heatherly (aka May Heatherley)
  • Carl - Lloyd Brimhall
  • Dr Edelheidt - Elmer Modling
  • Tourist Guide - AndrĂ©s Monreal[2]

References

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from School eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.