On May 25, 1967, the film Barefoot in the Park, based on the Neil Simon play, was released. It’s fun to watch this film now, to see how some things have changed, and some have not.
The first scene is of our happy newlywed couple riding in a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park. But ‘Barefoot in the Park’ is not about being barefoot in Central Park;” while Jane Fonda and Robert Redford are honeymooning at the Plaza Hotel, the film then moves to their new apartment in Greenwich Village.
And it’s their trials and tribulations as newlyweds, as young people trying to make it in New York without much money, as new residents of Greenwich Village dealing with some of the colorful characters of the time, and as a freespirited wife trying to make peace with a more buttoned-up husband who would never go “barefoot in the park,” that the film so entertainingly documents.