I just thought it’d be a fun romp…

…and yet it still moves me days after watching the documentary on Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. For a couple that had to pretend for a living there was no pretense offered in this documentary by Ethan Hawke. It’s mesmerizing even though it’s long.

We go deep into their marriage and it lasted so many decades. It was rocky and they could have split but the last scene shows them in the water, kissing passionately. They are still young and unbelievably beautiful. This is the final in a serious of 6 episodes. We’ve reached the end and so have they; Newman has terminal cancer and she has alzheimers.

As we watch them kiss in the water, emotional on its own, the music plays, “God only knows” – it’s perfect and it takes your breath away. You can’t quite believe all they achieved together and separately; so much money, at least 750 million given to charity. Yet we watch and absorb all the wonderful and horrible bits of their private lives. They kept a low profile in later years but remained so electrifying in their achievements.

Successful careers, intense passion for one another, she inspired him forever and loved him, in spite of all his demons.

 may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I’ll make you so sure about it

Published by baileyalexander

An American living in Piemonte. Sailed across the Atlantic aboard our 43 Nauticat in 2002 and spent over a decade living in Rome, Paris, Prague, Malta, Venice and Bucharest before settling in Piemonte, Italia.

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