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62 Ratings


Directed by John Byrum
United Kingdom, 1974
Drama, Comedy


A once-great silent film director, unable to make the transition to the new talkies, lives as a near-hermit in his Hollywood home, making cheap, silent sex films, and suffering in the knowledge of his sexual impotence, and apathetic about the plans to demolish his home to make way for a motorway.

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  • josé neves's rating of the film Inserts

    35mm. It was one of the most acclaimed North American films by Portuguese critics in the late 70's, bringing together a unanimity almost impossible in those post-revolution times. It was also one of my myths since i only saw it in a bad copy in a midnight session, just out of adolescence, and by the time, critics - who nevertheless existed, some quite good - were a big reference to me...

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Inserts

    Odd Hollywood dark comedy resembles a filmed stage play more than a film. Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Hoskins, and Jessica Harper are good, but Veronica Cartwright and Stephen Davies go cartoonishly over the top. Strong characters, but there's some really cliched stage-style writing - though the confrontation between Dreyfuss and Harper is undeniably engrossing. Pretty explicit considering the mainstream cast.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Inserts

    Blu-Ray. First seen in the 70's when theatrically released. Director John Byrum skilfully plays with images and sound so that, after a while, the audience doesn't know anymore where it stands. Just think of the noise of the jackhammers you could mistake for the sound of a projector. Strongly recommended.

  • Øyvind Rype's rating of the film Inserts

    Mixing 70's grit and Sunset Boulevard, this is a strange, black comedy/chamber drama of a former, now washed-up silent film director who in the 1930's still refuses to make the transition to talkies. Smoking cigars and gulping whiskey, he's now doing low budget porn from his own run-down mansion just for the ease of it. Sadly underrated it appears.

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