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Alfie is a 1966 British film directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film was released by Paramount Pictures.
A remake of the film sporting the same title was released in 2004, starring Jude Law as the title character. The movie was written, directed and produced by Charles Shyer and, again, released by Paramount Pictures.
Both incarnations of the film follow the life of the title character, Alfie Elkins, for a few years, documenting events that lead to his emotional growth, starting with the birth of his child. Alfie, however, is unable to get together with the mother of his son, who moves on herself. Left unable to see his son, he seeks out emotional aid, leading to a series of misadventures as things derail further and he attempts to recover his life.
These films provide examples of:
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Alfie often talks directly to camera.
- Casanova: Alfie.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Alfie doesn't get any of his love interests in the 1966 movie.
- Downer Ending: More so in the original, though present in both.
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- New Years Resolution