Cinema: A Mortality Play

BOBBY DEERFIELD Directed by Sydney Pollack Screenplay by Alvin Sargent Romance is a function of frustration.

However interesting their troubles along the way, the legendary Tristan and Isolde would exert but small claim on anyone's imagination if, in the end, they were permitted to settle down in a split level to raise 2.4 children and give each other head colds. Death is, of course, the thing that finally and definitively separates lovers in our culture's greatest romances.

But as a rule it is implicitly understood to be the agent of other, almost equally potent...

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