Touch of Class, A (DVD)
This Oscar®- and Golden Globe Award-winning film stars Academy Award® winner Glenda Jackson and Academy Award® nominee George Segal. Living in London, happily married American Steve meets Vicki, an English divorcée, and they run off to Marbella for a rollicking week of sex. After returning to London they continue their torrid affair despite the fact that Steve loves his wife and children. Before long, Steve realizes that he and Vicki have fallen in love.
It's tame in hindsight, but A Touch of Class
brought much-needed prestige to the romantic-comedy trend of the early and mid 1970s. Glenda Jackson won an Oscar® for her performance as a savvy London divorcée who falls in love with married insurance agent George Segal, and the film surprised critics by earning a Best Picture nomination as well. Chemistry's the key, with Jackson and Segal equally adept at bickering and making up (and she even has a gay male friend, long before that became a genre cliché). What begins as a routine affair--complicated by a wide spectrum of lightly comedic pitfalls--ends with mutual love and the dilemma it creates. Writer-director Melvin Frank keeps the dialogue briskly intelligent, and while he can't match Neil Simon word for word, Touch
mines the same romantic territory that was perfected in Simon's later hit The Goodbye Girl
. Consider them a fine double bill, with A Touch of Class
ranking a respectable second. --Jeff Shannon