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First Love

First Love is a sensitive and melancholy film about the impact of romance on college student William Katt when he falls for coed Susan Dey.

First Love is a sensitive and melancholy film about the impact of romance on college student William Katt when he falls for coed Susan Dey.

Harold Brodkey’s New Yorker story, Sentimental ed ucation, has been adapted into a script which takes Katt through the highs and lows of commplicated young love.

But an unfortunate element in the story is the never-ending pall of doom that hangs over everything. From frame one the mood is a downer, which dampens the several nice bright moments of exuberance and telegraphs the coming climactic ambiguity.

Katt is excellent. So is Dey, who has an appealing charisma of vivacious sensuality.

First Love

  • Production: Paramount. Director Joan Darling; Producer Lawrence Turman, David Foster; Screenplay Jane Stanton Hitchcock, David Freeman; Camera Bobby Byrne; Editor Frank Morriss; Music Joel Sill; Art Director Robert Luthardt
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 91 MIN.
  • With: William Katt Susan Dey John Heard Beverly D'Angelo Robert Loggia Tom Lacy
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