Une Marilyn aux intentions troubles rend une visite nocturne à un Einstein qui, tourmenté par le maccarthysme, se laisse émoustiller par la plastique et la fausse ingénuité de l'actrice. Des dialogues bien ciselés et un regard très 80's sur les années 1950, malheureusement gâchés par un début long à la détente.
A compelling work of artistic expression that dissects the significant idols of the 50's. A movie that I believe is truly a revolutionary impression of how you can reinvent your art and make it into something that you can delve deep into your own way. Nicolas Roeg's direction + Terry Johnson's play + marvelous performances= Something truly magically.
Uneven, but with moments of real beauty, and a cast that includes Theresa Russell in a performance that maybe-should-be-iconic, a reminder that Gary Busey was a very good actor at one time, and an appearance by Will Sampson that makes it fun to think of the film as an unofficial sequel to ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
I avoided watching this for years because I thought it might be one of Roeg's duds and the premise sounded too gimmicky but it's a great film. One of his best, up there with "Bad Timing". Try to forget that none of the actors look anything like the famous people their playing (except Einstein) and you'll appreciate what great work they're all doing. The final sequences were amazing!
Complicated feelings about the writing itself but Roeg's Zip Effect structuring where the characters' thoughts, childhoods, futures, and actions converge and match outside of rote chronology fits the themes of shared relativity, shared fame, shared anxiety, and shared loss; like Greek tragedy, every character loses because of a major character flaw. -- PolarisDiB