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39 Ratings

Some Call It Loving

Directed by James B. Harris
United States, 1973
Drama, Cult, Erotica


In this adaptation of the John Collier short story “Sleeping Beauty”, inimitable auteur James B. Harris presents a dreamlike, erotic puzzle, with the tale of a melancholic jazz musician who purchases a real life Sleeping Beauty from a carnival show and whisks her away to his Gothic pleasure palace.

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Some Call It Loving Directed by James B. Harris
Pretentiousness is in the eye of the beholder, of course, but there’s nothing “mere” about Harris’ adaptation of John Collier’s short story “The Sleeping Beauty,” about a man who purchases a mysteriously slumbering woman from a traveling carnival and brings her home to be his companion. On the contrary, Some Call it Loving is fully, aggressively pretentious, wearing both its fable-like aspirations and caustic cultural critique on its impeccably tailored sleeves.
June 15, 2016
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Troy’s hopeful quest for innocence gradually gives way to a chilling nightmare of tragedy and death. Harris’s 1973 masterwork, long unavailable on DVD, is a canvas onto which every dreamer can project their own dreamscape—at the price of being illuminated by Troy’s fate.
September 03, 2015
This agonised work of self-examination, the confession of an ageing Lothario imprisoned by habit and unable to break the cycle, ends with an image of Troy as a mechanised man, condemned to repeat the “Step right up!” patter of a carny barker. It’s as harrowing a self-portrait as exists in American movies.
July 31, 2015

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