The Way We Were is a moving & surprisingly political romance & was one of the 1st Hollywood films to directly address the witch hunt of HUAC & its anti-leftist agenda. Although he apparently made cuts to the scenes addressing HUAC, Pollack's film, well directed & aestheticized, addresses the conflict aptly & with sympathy to Streisand's principled character. A love story that rings true & has real substance.
In my opinion, one of the best Sydney Pollack efforts. The screenplay is a little jewel of cleverness and this love story between the Verb and the Image, between the word spoken and the word written deserves to stay in movie history. Masterpiece.
What a beautiful film and I hardly recall Streisand being so well. The moment when she finally gets in bed with Redford, she automatically glows and that look of satisfaction and desire is unique. And Pollack between the 70's and 80's is indisputably one of the best american directors.
Socially relevant subplots characteristic of New Hollywood combined with utmost classicism of storytelling and melodrama. And by the standards of either of them, it is still too obvious, too flat, and just plain boring. The whole political agenda in particular awkwardly looks as if it's trying to hide the intention of making another cheesy chick-flick.
I love when an actor managed to portray the insecurity of the character, and I love it more when the character can actually change and grow up in the story. Robert Redford and his beauty perhaps will leave you with a pang, but in this, Barbra Streisand is The Star.