An art director in the 1930’s falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.
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Filming the unfilmable is dangerous but Schlesinger & screenwriter Waldo Salt come close to nailng the novel's grotesque, cynical tone. Burgess Meredith is brilliant and Donald Sutherland is absolutely horrorfying
KAREN BLACK always regretted making this film, believing that it derailed her career. That the apocalyptic morbidity consumed not just the characters but herself. While an outstanding actress, she was never a conventional leading lady. And, probably, what is most painful is that she and the film were made for each other. With one memorable scene after another and people you won't forget, she should, in fact, be proud
I make no assumptions of Hollywood, but quite frankly, this movie might hit a lot closer to home. The ending especially is horrifying and something that you wont forget right away. Lovely pure madness.