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What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963)

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A writer named Algernon (but called Harry by his friends) buys a picture of a boat on a lake, and his obsession with it renders normal life impossible. He attempts to function again by ... See full summary »

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A writer named Algernon (but called Harry by his friends) buys a picture of a boat on a lake, and his obsession with it renders normal life impossible. He attempts to function again by consulting an analyst and becoming married, but eventually succumbs to his strange anxiety by disappearing into the picture. Written by Mike Arndt <clayton@hooked.net>

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Good Early Scorsese short
15 January 2001 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

I saw this film a few months ago as part of a package that was showing five of Martin Scorsese's early short films (the other films included were "The Big Shave", "It's Not Just You, Murray", "Italianamerican" and "American Boy") at the local art-house theater.

"What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?" is very similar to his other NYU film-school effort "It's Not Just You, Murray". It is a quirky little film about a writer and his obsession with a photograph he has on his wall. This obsession has caused him to develop writers block.

The film plays out like a short fable and displays a much more humorous and playful side of Scorsese. You can tell it's Scorsese, but his style is much quirkier and less potent here. Still, it's a good, funny short movie worth seeing if you want to see where Scorsese was routed.


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