Wood plays a sort of female Marty in this role that netted the actress her third Oscar nomination. She is a quiet, well-brought-up Italian girl in a situation that is more than she can handle. She is so quiet, well-brought-up, and Italian, in fact, that it's hard to imagine how she got into
this mess! How does a sweet, traditional type manage to find herself pregnant after a one-night stand with McQueen? And what do you do when the father-to-be has a girlfriend and the expectant mother's unknowing family keep pushing her to marry another man?
The theme of unmarried pregnancy had been seen often before (e.g., in BLUE DENIM) but was not usually handled so deftly a...