"Stellar performances by Streep and Kline"
moving drama, hankies at the ready!"
Sophie's Choice with Meryl Streep and
The sunny streets of Brooklyn, just after World War II. A
young would-be writer named Stingo (Peter MacNicol) shares a boarding
house with beautiful Polish immigrant Sophie (Meryl Streep) and her
tempestuous lover, Nathan (Kevin Kline); their friendship changes his
life. This adaptation of the bestselling novel
by William Styron is faithful to the point of being reverential. Director Alan J.
Pakula provides a steady, intelligent
path into the harrowing story of Sophie, whose flashback memories of the
horrors of a Nazi concentration camp form the backbone of the movie.
Streep's exceptional performance - flawless Polish accent and all - won her
an Oscar, and effectively raised the standard for American actresses of
her generation. No less impressive is Kevin Kline, in his movie debut,
capturing the mercurial moods of the dangerously attractive Nathan. The
two worlds of Sophie's Choice, nostalgic Brooklyn and monstrous
Europe, are beautifully captured by the gifted cinematographer Néstor
Almendros, whose work was Oscar-nominated but didn't win. It should have.
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