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A Safe Place (1971)

GP | | Drama | 29 October 1971 (USA)
A strange young woman lives in a fantasy world where she can never grow up.

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Susan at Age 7
Richard Finnochio ...
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Noah's Friend
Julie Robinson ...
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A young woman named Noah lives alone in New York. She is a disturbed flower child, who retreats into her past, yearning for lost innocence. She recalls her childhood, searching for a "safe place." As a child she met a magician in Central Park who presented her with magical objects: a levitating silver ball, a star ring, and a Noah's ark. She is romantically involved with two totally different men. Fred is practical but dull. Mitch is dynamic and sexy, her ideal fantasy partner. Neither man is able to totally fulfill her needs. Written by alfiehitchie

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Opinion about this film was so divided when it was shown at the 1971 New York Film Festival, that the audience broke out into shouting matches which nearly led to a brawl. See more »

Quotes

Susan: OK. Now...
Fred: What's this? What's this?
Susan: This is my magic box. You've got to be very careful with it.
Fred: What does it do?
Susan: You put something in it that means something very special to you. And then you make a wish for something you really need to happen. When you need it to happen and not just when you're fooling around wanting something. And then you lock it and you don't open it until that something happens.
Fred: Does it work?
Susan: Well, of course it works... my magic box. Someone gave it to me.
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Crazy Credits

Jaglom's highly experimental sense of montage continues well into the closing credits, cutting between Orson Welles' hysterical laugh, aerial shots of the roof, the younger Noah in the window and older Noah leaning on the jukebox staring directly into the camera as the credits roll on the left side. See more »

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It's a Big, Wide Wonderful World
Written by John Rox
Performed by Buddy Clark
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A Safe Place
22 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

A strange young woman (Tuesday Weld) lives in a fantasy world where she can never grow up.

Henry Jaglom's directorial debut was a "critical and box-office disaster". Time magazine called the film "pretentious and confusing", a film that "suggests that the rumors of his expertise were greatly exaggerated, or at least that it does not extend to directing." Apparently, for the critics, not even the presence of the incredible Orson Welles or Jack Nicholson could save this one.

Author Anais Nin was perhaps the most kind. She called the film "an impressionistic film, an X ray of our psychic life, which gives an insight instantly into the secret self." She called it a "masterpiece", and praised it for its dreamlike quality that could only be captured on film.


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