Emma Louise Bryant _BEST_
Unfortunately, the filmmaker has fared less well with other aspects of the movie. The biggest problems are in the first half, which centers largely on Reed's tempestuous relationship with fellow radical Louise Bryant, who became his wife and stayed essentially loyal to him despite frequent separations caused by work, temperament, and the vicissitudes of fighting the good fight. However their relationship may have fared in life, it looks terribly hokey on screen, where Beatty treats it as a series of trite domestic dilemmas, hackneyed love-hate diatribes, and hazy sex scenes. It seems downright ornery to subordinate the movie's mighty political themes - the American socialist movement, the Russian Revolution, et al. - to a love story that's so dull and ordinary. Maybe it takes a Tolstoy to integrate the storm of history and the raindrop of a love affair into one precisely balanced pattern. Beatty doesn't have the knack.
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