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251 Ratings

Artists and Models

Directed by Frank Tashlin
United States, 1955
Comedy, Musical


Rick Todd (Martin) uses the dreams of his roommate Eugene (Lewis) as the basis for a successful comic book.

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Artists and Models Directed by Frank Tashlin
Tash’s trademark satire is primarily aimed at the public derision of comic books, but that doesn’t stop the imp from taking shots at obsessions like astrology and the Cold War. One would think that these elements would keep the humor terribly outmoded, but Tashlin’s absolutely masterful control of color and tone keep the film’s virtues immortal, along with the irreducible contributions from Mr. Lewis and Ms. MacLaine, of course.
March 09, 2016
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Tashlin, a pop visionary, puts unhinged pop visions at the core of modern life, presenting Lewis’s nocturnal babble as scientific insights that get the attention of the F.B.I. and Soviet spies. “Don’t shoot,” one of them says. “Remember, we need his dreams.” But the villains are ultimately thwarted by the dreamer’s sexual instinct, and a scene that parodies “Rear Window” (one of Tashlin’s many Hitchcockian winks) emphasizes the connection between sex and violence.
July 30, 2015
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Artists And Models is one of the most exuberant and colorful American movies of the 1950s. It uses the era’s comics boom as both a visual reference and a plot point, spinning a story about two pairs of mismatched roommates into a quasi-surreal satire of anti-communist paranoia, fandom, and art, packed with throwaway quotations (it may contain the first Rear Window riff in film history) and sight gags. All that, and it’s pretty funny, too.
August 01, 2014
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