Movies: The Hard Way

The best U.S. motion picture of 1962 (TIME, Dec. 28) was created by a writer and director who had never made a film before. One of its principals had never acted in a movie. Even the cameraman had shot nothing more lofty than a TV commercial.

Eighteen months ago, a 19-year-old Sarah Lawrence College sophomore bought a book called Lisa and David, read it, and showed it to her mother. It was a short novel by a Brooklyn psychiatrist, actually little more than two case histories with dialogue, about a curative love that develops between two teen-age...

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