Tonight, I watched The Public Eye, a 1972 movie directed by Carol Reed, with music composed by John Barry. It stars Mia Farrow, Michael Jayston, and Topol. It's currently being streamed on Netflix, but only until April 1, 2012, and it's not available in DVD format. That's frustrating. This is one of the best romantic films I've seen in a long long time. It's almost impossible to write anything about this movie without sounding cliche. Simply put: it's wonderful!
The movie starts out fairly predictable: husband suspects his wife of cheating and hires a public eye/private detective to follow her. Then the movie takes an unexpected detour. Farrow is cast perfectly as the young Californian wife and Jayston is just right as her uptight accountant husband. Topol is utterly charming as the irresistible detective.
The movie is a treat. It's funny and romantic; and, it says something deeply profound about the need to keep romantic relationships fresh and alive. Above all, the movie imparts the importance of sharing while taking nothing for granted. It made me think about my own relationship. Perhaps I'm becoming too much like the accountant.