07/17/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT
As they did with the book, correspondents either loved the film The Bridges of Madison County or they hated it (PEOPLE, June 26). Some readers had the same reactions to Meryl Streep's performance as Francesca, while others are still debating the merits of the story in general.
Once every 53 years Hollywood makes a truly memorable love story. Bridges was worth the wait.
PHILIP SAUERBRUNN, Fairview Park, Ohio
It is unfortunate for those of us who enjoyed the book that Meryl Streep didn't stick to her guns and bypass the role of Francesca in Bridges of Madison County. I can't possibly think of a less suitable person to play that role, unless I conjure up the image of Roseanne fluttering around a kitchen in Iowa in a pink dress making stew out of her garden vegetables. Come to think of it, that might be more entertaining.
CAROLYN PRYDE, Bermuda
"Meryl Streep brings passion back to middle-age romance" sounds like something written by those still young enough to believe that their parents (or, God forbid, grandparents) don't "do it" anymore. Well, stop the presses. Passion and romance exist among the over-40,-50 and-60 crowd. And Meryl Streep didn't reinvent it.
PETER ARNOLD, Woodbury, Conn.
The Bridges phenomenon is about people old enough to know better still grabbing for the fantasy brass ring that will fill up the emptiness inside. They haven't figured out that people can't give you a happiness you don't already have. The bad news is there's so many people buying into this baloney. The good news is we have Gary Trudeau and Doonesbury to make fun of it all.
JANET EAGLESON, Fitchburg, Mass.
I don't see it! I don't see the passion in The Bridges of Madison County. I don't think the people in the theater with me who slept or laughed during the intimate scenes saw it either. I didn't see anyone shed a tear. The lust presented was empty and disturbing because it was without meaning and very destructive to everyone involved. Love, commitment and caring create true passion, and it is so much more awesome than what was found in this troubling tale of lonely, lifeless people.
JOHN F. REGIS, Clinton Township, Mich.
Some weeks ago, when Christie's was planning their auction of movie memorabilia, they asked me to authenticate the fiberglass tables they were offering for sale as the pair I carried in The Ten Commandments. As I at once made clear by telephone and letter, the plastic tablets they auctioned were those held by my stand-in while the shots were lit; they were not photographed. The two tablets I carried for the filming were carved from red granite quarried on Mount Sinai. They weighed more than 50 pounds (not the easiest props I've ever handled). Mr. deMille had them specially imported and engraved. I believe they're still in the family collection.
CHARLTON HESTON, Beverly Hills
My heart goes out to Sonya Kinney, the deaf teenager who does not want to live with her parents because they refuse to learn sign language. I am a 40-year-old deaf woman with hearing parents. My mother knows sign language and my father does not. It is very frustrating and humiliating when I try to communicate with him, especially in public with friends or in emergency situations. Like a few of my deaf friends, I often wished to trade them for deaf parents. Fortunately I have two brothers and a sister who are deaf, and they are able to support me in our communication gaps.
JULIA E. BECKER, Temple, Texas
Your article on Christopher Reeve (PEOPLE, June 12) referred to Robert Halmi Sr. as director of The Black Fox trilogy. In fact, Steven H. Stern directed all three of The Black Fox movies, as well as directing Chris in the movie Morning Glory.
MAGGI STERN, Encino, Calif.
Robert Halmi Sr. is a producer. We regret the error.—ED.