The quintessential sixties movie, one of the great romances of all time, told in a fractured, subjective-memory style. Lots of “horizontal editing”–asides, fantasies, flashbacks.
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TWO FOR THE ROAD
Similar…but instead of bittersweet couple George C. Scott and Julie Christie, this is tart-tongued and acid couple Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney. Useful in terms of tone but also its flashbacks and flash forwards.
Then there is a whole bunch of Paul Mazursky. I think his tone is very spot on for this. Pauline Kael called him “the American Jewish Renoir,” and I think it’s apt. His movies are funny, often satirical, but have an affectionate tone toward the people in them that’s never too cloying. And I think he is one of those rare, rare people who can make POETIC COMEDIES.
So here are a few…
BLUME IN LOVE
George Segal losing his wife, trying to regain his wife, befriending the wife’s new boyfriend…maybe the most poetic and exquisite of all Mazursky’s films.
NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE
Maybe good for the childhood/adolescence scenes? Paul’s young adulthood in downtown New York seen with a loving and slightly harsh eye.
WILLIE & PHIL
Mazursky’s late-70s riff on JULES AND JIM.
BOB AND CAROL AND TED AND ALICE
His classic on the fad of the swinger lifestyle, “encounter groups,” and other oddities of bourgeois L.A. in its period.
These films by Nicolas Roeg are masterpieces of non-linear time. Roeg cuts forward and backward in the most dazzlingly splintered way. Here are some Roeg classics…
BAD TIMING/A SENSUAL OBSESSION
An American in Vienna (Art Garfunkel) discovers his girlfriend (Theresa Russell) knocked out on pills. A Viennese cop (Harvey Keitel) serves as Garfunkel’s diabolical conscience as he questions him to find out what he did to the girl–knowing he’s not legally culpable, but not innocent either. A magnificent mosaic of sex, death and Klimt paintings in Old Europe.
Marilyn Monroe’s visit to Albert Einstein’s study becomes a kaleidoscopic portrait of the madness of Fifties America, climaxing in the staggering image of Marilyn’s Seven Year Itch blown-up skirt immolated by a mushroom cloud.
Incest, punk rock attitudes, small town life, Tyco train sets–Roeg at his fiery best.