A film oddly at 90 degrees from the contemporary cinema of the late 1970s with its heavily, albeit shocking, moralistic conclusion. Nevertheless it has a seriousness about the endeavour and doesn't rush itself (perhaps a little too slowly) while Anne of Green Gables sullies herself. There's a distinct lineage with many horror films of the following years where promiscuity didn't pay either. Keaton is a treat.
Say what you like: This is a bold film. Not only because of the time it was made (1977), but for showing a woman's sexuality on screen. Given what I like about it: There are a few things I really dislike about it. The fact that she is punished in the end for exploring her sexuality, and the treatment of homosexuals are things I find objectionable. It is a story of a time in the 70s. Needs to be on DVD so more can see
Diane Keaton is riveting; this film and its gloriously eccentric performances (Keaton, Richard Gere, Tom Berenger's to name a few) are completely underrated. I'm a huge Annie Hall fan, but I think this performance deserved the Oscar. A weird, dark, hedonistic journey through the 70's... It's somethin' else.
Awesome 70s 'New York-as-hell' flick about a prim school-teacher's thirst for annihilation. Its been labeled by critics as a conservative morality tale against promiscuity but the actual film isn't really political, its more a character study of a self-destructive person, constantly looking for increasingly dangerous and reckless thrills to enliven her mundane life. Not gonna lie, I could relate.
A complex and enthralling examination of complicated emotion, clashing values, and even strange humor - all leading to a truly disturbing climax. Masterfully crafted by writer-director Richard Brooks and centered around a superb, authentic performance by Diane Keaton. A fascinating look at American culture in the 1970s and a true classic.