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

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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Interesting early short film from Scorcese with his trademark editing and cinematography for the first time
17 June 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?" is a rapidly edited short comedy from Martin Scorcese. Even at this period in time, he was remarkably innovative. Even though this isn't a really successful film (as a comedy its rather tepid and unfunny), but his style is already fully blown. His trademark cinematography and editing (rapid fire here) comes close to being perfected for the first time. This is an experimental film, but not obtuse and inaccessible like many others from the time. Its already dated (the humor aspects place this strictly in the beat era), but still, the editing style is incredibly ahead of its time (prefiguring the rapid cuts associated with MTV). Fans of the evolution of Scorcese's career need to check this out. (6/10)


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