Family man and ophthalmologist, Judah Rosenthal (Martin Landau), has lived basically a good life, allowing his wife, Miriam (Claire Bloom) and his children a well-off existence and, if we are to believe the speakers at a banquet celebrating him, providing the community major philanthropic efforts, helping even to create a new hospital. Yet, like all men, he has made mistakes, been involved in financial indiscretions (although all has been paid back with interest) and has secretly had an affair with a airline stewardess, Dolores Paley (Anjelica Huston). As the movie opens, Dolores, fearful of losing Judah and angry because he has not divorced threatens retribution. Dolores has already sent Miriam a letter—which Judah has intercepted and destroyed—and warns him that she will tell his wife the truth about their relationship. Although Judah pleads with her and tries to reason, Dolores, at wit’s end, is emphatic about going through with the revelation, something which terrifies Judah, sure that his wife would be unable to accept it and that his carefully lived existence will whirl out of control.
found me out.
tellectual and he leaves a note that says “I’ve gone
out the window.” He’s a role-model! You’d think he’d
have left a decent note.