Another in a series of overlooked movies…
The original 1966 “Alfie” starred Michael Caine as priapric young man in newly swinging London, in the time just before the Beatles, when Engliand was finally shaking off the dreariness that followed World War II. Alfie demonstrates but fails to see for himself the hollowness resulting from getting caught in the cross-currents of the sexual revolution. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards. Its great Bert Bacharach and Hal David theme song was sung unforgettably by Dionne Warwick. It’s nothing like the flashy but shallow and forgettable remake with Jude Law.
“What’s it all about, Alfie?”