52nd edition

Three

Fortnight 1969, Feature film,

Synopsis

The film is based on an Irwin Shaw story, « Then We Were Three, » that epitomizes the tones and attenuations of much middle-class fiction of the early 1950’s. Three Americans just out of college, two boys and a girl, are winding up their summer vacation in Europe. They have been to the right places and had the good experiences that were the legacy of the literature of one postwar generation to the life of another. The girl is open and inaccessible — the way so many desirable girls were in those days. One of the boys is shy and sensitive, gifted with a mildly poetic sense of « instantaneous nostalgia » according to his friend, and it is through his eyes that we see how he loses the girl and bids goodbye to the last free summer before succumbing to maturity.