I just watched Albert Brooks' Modern Romance (1981), currently streaming on Netflix. Albert Brooks also co-wrote the script with Monica McGowan Johnson. He plays Robert, a Hollywood film editor, who is in a rollercoaster of a relationship with Mary, a bank executive. The film pretty much drops in on one go-round of what is clearly there standard cycle of breaking up and falling madly in love again.
It's quite a good film. Brooks is on the likeable side of neurotic, and Kathryn Harrold as Mary is quite charming. James L. Brooks plays the director of the film that Robert is editing (He later cast Albert Brooks in Broadcast News.), and Bruno Kirby plays Robert's co-worker, Jay.
The film is full of memorable scenes, including a bit of an extended sequence with Robert at home after he takes quaaludes that is pure gold and quite a bit more underplayed than the quaalude scene in Scorcese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
It was interesting to watch this film in the context of the way films and television tackle relationships today - it feels a bit of a precursor to modern relationship comedies. The humor can be subtle and sometimes requires patience but it can really pay off. It's a well-paced film, too. I heard/read somewhere that - of all people - Stanley Kubrick was a big fan of the film.
I also started watching Cleopatra (1963), but didn't get too far in before bedtime. I'll watch more tonight. I've been reading an Elizabeth Taylor biography and - outside of A Place in the Sun, Giant and The V.I.P.s - I really haven't seen her in film much. Naturally, I'm curious after reading the bio and figured this was as good a jumping point as any.