Me, Natalie is the type of picture which might have gone overboard in contrivance and oversentimentality, in monotonous rendition of personal feelings of its title character. Instead, it is sensitive, often-poignant drama painted with a light touch of an ugly duckling trying to find her place in the scheme of things.

Me, Natalie is the type of picture which might have gone overboard in contrivance and oversentimentality, in monotonous rendition of personal feelings of its title character. Instead, it is sensitive, often-poignant drama painted with a light touch of an ugly duckling trying to find her place in the scheme of things.

Patty Duke, in title role, delivers a warm, roundly-developed characterization of a girl who all her life has tried to be pretty, and is keenly aware she isn’t nor ever will be.

The title character engages in a great deal of offscreen running commentary throughout the film, explaining her feelings and her philosophy, which gives audience an insight into her feelings without slowing the pace, generally held to an interesting temp.

As the mother, Nancy Marchand delivers a tremendous performance.

Me, Natalie

Production

Cinema Center. Director Fred Coe; Producer Stanley Shapiro; Screenplay A. Martin Zweiback; Camera Arthur J. Ornitz; Editor Sheila Bakerman; Music Henry Mancini; Art Director George Jenkins

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Patty Duke James Farentino Martin Balsam Elsa Lanchester Salome Jens Nancy Marchand
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