Timed to the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, THE WAY THEY WERE: How Epic Battles and Bruised Egos Brought a Classic Hollywood Love Story to the Screen (on sale January 24, 2023) is the first book on the making of one of the world’s most beloved – and puzzling – romances.
For over half a century, the film has landed on lists of the Top Ten Movie Romances of all time, in the august company of Casablanca and Gone with the Wind.
But this instant classic was a nightmare to make, with a difficult cast, a jumbled plot about mismatched partners, countless delays and rewrites, on-set tensions between everyone involved, difficulties at every step of the production, the skyrocketing demands of Ms. Streisand, a divided Mr. Redford who never wanted the role and happily ditched premieres on both coasts, and a final cut met with mixed critical reviews. The characters are also mismatched, with different religious backgrounds, politics, and life experiences – insurmountable differences that drive the plotline forward.
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