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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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While waiting in vain for her married lover to get a divorce, Fran Walker, a lonely chorus girl approaching middle age, falls for Joe Grady, a frustrated musician and compulsive gambler who dreams of escaping Las Vegas for fame and fortune in New York City. Written by
Because Elizabeth Taylor wanted to be near husband Richard Burton, who was at the time filming Staircase (1969) in Europe, she demanded this film, with its Las Vegas setting, be filmed in Paris, France. The studio agreed, thereby increasing the budget considerably as detailed American streetscapes, casinos, apartments and supermarkets had to be recreated in Paris. In the end (after 86 days shooting in Paris) the company had to move to the real Las Vegas anyway for ten additional days of intensive shooting. See more »
When Fran gets off work at Desert Inn at beginning of film, her walk home makes no geographical sense. She is strolling past hotels, chapels and casinos miles apart and in completely opposite directions. See more »
Oddly old-fashioned chronicle of a gambling addict/pianist and a showgirl sharing an apartment in Las Vegas. From an unsuccessful play, this talky exercise with excitable characters does have interesting things to say about relationships and addictions, but it goes on too long and begins to repeat itself. Elizabeth Taylor is upstaged by her hairdo (it hides her face half the time) and her shriek grows tiresome; Warren Beatty is too young for his role (when he talks to Liz of growing old together, one can only visualize her growing much older before he), but his pent-up nervousness is palpable and his frustration is convincing. The film is claustrophobic and looks bad (it was mostly filmed in Paris, France--and one can practically sense the dislocation), with a principal set decorated in gold and avocado. Some good scenes, otherwise an interesting failure. ** from ****
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