Rick’s Journal — MY FILM CAREER
Continuing Rick’s Flicks’ diary format for informal, personal observations which, though not in the form of a review or discussion, we hope you still find useful:
Lord Love A Duck
screenplay by Larry H. Johnson & George Axelrod
from a novel by Al Hine
Leonard Maltin: “Film wavers uncomfortably between comedy and drama at times…Terrific performances in movie that was ahead of it time.”
A strange, original and funny comedy with a campus setting. The great Roddy McDowell, the coal miner’s son and Lassie’s master, has grown up, dwells a lot on sex and sports his trimness in tight white cottons. His mannered feyness is perfect for his nerdy role (supposedly nerdy). Tuesday Weld is fine in her ditzy part, and Ruth Gordon has the other mother in the story down pat.
Away From Her
screenplay by Sarah Polley
from a short story by Alice Munro, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”
I was never partial to Julie Christie in her heyday. I never understood all the excitement . I was astonished when she won the Academy Award. (But I didn’t know then as much as I do now about Academy bizarros.) I never found her especially attractive. But she was beautiful last night in Away From Her. And she and co-star Pinsent give two of the most heart wrenching performances I can remember. They cease being actors and become people for us. I bled for these characters.
The staff at the assisted living residence to which the husband finally takes his wife seem little concerned for spouses and relatives. Is this common? How much did the writer/director want us to make of this? I would like to have seen more of the husband at home alone after his wife’s Alzheimer’s disease has forced him to the decision he makes. What does he do? What is his life like without his beloved Fiona? But this was not the film the filmmakers wanted.
Rick’s Journal acknowledges the excellence of Christie’s performance as Queen Gertrude in Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet.
NEXT FRIDAY POST July 20
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