The hopelessness of human life as represented by a marathon dance contest in the darkest 30s. The material is simple and irresistible, and Sydney Pollack stages it well (though without transcending the essential superficiality of his talent). Jane Fonda offers the first signs that she inherited something more than her father's jawline, and Gig Young is reborn as a character actor. With Susannah York, Michael Sarrazin, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, and Bruce Dern (1969).
By Dave Kehr