An aspiring Jewish actor moves out of his parents’ Brooklyn apartment to seek his fortune in the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in 1953. He struggles to come to terms with his feelings about his mother’s overbearing nature, while also trying to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend.
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I would have loved to love this film. But no, it was boring. I had to leave the DVD on pause for 90 minutes in order to end it after a drink/eat interlude. It's filled with Jewish humour I suppose but I prefer Woody Allen's in this case. Already forgotten.
“You’re not a faygeleh?”
“No, but I’m Jewish.”
Lenny Baker was a goddamn talent I wish we got more of, and Shelley Winters is traumatizing. Jewish humor is trauma in disguise! I’ve heard it time
and time again, but Mazurky’s film still managed to distress me.
4.5 stars. I love this film. Paul Mazursky meant more to me than Woody Allen. He didn't turn his actors into a version of himself. He reveled in their individuality. In response to his warmly observant direction, Shelley Winters gave the greatest performance of her career.