‘Unpregnant’ and the Cathartic Beauty of the Hollywood Abortion-Comedy – Reports

‘Unpregnant’ and the Cathartic Beauty of the Hollywood Abortion-Comedy

In the 1966 romantic dramedy Alfie, a young Michael Caine (as the “cockney Casanova” himself) sits in an armchair in his apartment, staring uncertainly at a curtain. Behind it, a shifty, unreliable abortionist induces a woman named Lily, who is pregnant after a one-night dalliance with Alfie.

“I hate anything like this,” Alfie confides to the camera. “My understanding of women only goes as far as the pleasure. When it comes to the pain, I’m like every other bloke: I don’t want…

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