Lunch Break Video: Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in the 1973 classic “The Way We Were”
If you’re being honest, you’ll admit to crying during the final scene of The Way We Were when Robert Redford crosses the street and has a brief reunion with Barbra Streisand and she touches his beautiful blond hair.
Well, I don’t feel like blubbering all over the place this morning so I don’t have that scene for you!
What I do have instead is the scene where Katie Morosky (Streisand) makes love to Hubbell Gardiner (Redford), a scene that I remember seeing on TV and just knowing I was gay because I really wanted to be in Katie’s shoes!
The pair first met in college (before Katie started “ironing” her curly hair) then meet again at the end of WWII. They fall in love and marry despite the differences in their background and temperament.
Everyone knows their marriage doesn’t last (If you haven’t seen the movie, then SHAME on you!) but it is never fully explained why they split. In doing some research from this post, I came across some info in Wikipedia about a scene that didn’t make the final cut that really seems crucial:
…The film suffered most because of the editing of the crucial dinner scene during which Katie and Hubbell decide to part ways. As originally filmed, Hubbell tells Katie someone has identified her as a subversive, and his studio now views her as a detriment to his career. Unless she clears herself by naming names, he will be fired. Rather than compromise her ideals and beliefs, Katie announces she will divorce him and spare him any embarrassment. In the released film, the conversation was deleted, and the audience was left knowing the couple was parting but never knowing why.