“I keep forgetting I’m robbing the cradle.”
A lonely stripper (Lola Albright) seduces a teenager (Scott Marlowe) in her apartment building, then finds herself unexpectedly falling in love.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- May-December Romance
- New York City
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, “Lola Albright… had her one strong movie role in this erotic, honest little sleeper”, playing a “past-her-prime stripper who, to show herself she still has what it takes, seduces a seventeen year-old”, and “is surprised to discover that he provides her with the love and sex that have been missing from her life”. Most effective is the way Burton Wohl’s screenplay (based upon his own novel) presents us with two characters in flux: Albright’s Iris is finally learning what it’s like to be in love, while Marlowe’s Vito is simply responding to his awakening sexual urges. It’s inevitable that such a pairing won’t last, but it’s still painful to watch Vito pulling away, and Iris suffering as a result. Made six years before The Graduate (1967), Cold Wind is the superior film simply in terms of showing the “older woman’s” perspective.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Lola Albright’s mature, natural performance as Iris (Peary nominates her for an Alternate Oscar)
- The rapport between Vito and his understanding father (Joe De Santis)
- Unusual camera angles and editing
- Striking graphics in the opening titles
- Smart dialogue
No, but it’s highly recommended for Albright’s wonderful performance.