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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 / Noah
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The Magician
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Mitch
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Fred (as Philip Proctor)
Gwen Welles ...
Bari
Dov Lawrence ...
Larry
Fanny Birkenmier ...
The Maid
Rhonda Alfaro ...
Little Girl in Rowboat
Sylvia Zapp ...
Susan at Age 7
Richard Finnochio ...
Noah's Friend
Barbara Flood ...
Noah's Friend
Roger Garrett ...
Noah's Friend
Jordon Hahn ...
Noah's Friend
Francesca Hilton ...
Noah's Friend
Julie Robinson ...
Noah's Friend
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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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Un lugar seguro  »

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Jack Nicholson appeared in this film mainly as a favor to the director, Henry Jaglom. Nicholson did the film for no pay, his only demand was that he be given a new color television set. 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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Le Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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A beautiful relic of its time
27 September 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Only in the post-"Easy Rider" early 1970s could a film like this be made by a major Hollywood studio. Totally devoid of anything resembling a plot, "A Safe Place" will probably seem incomprehensible to most. But if you already have an appreciation for the 1950s-1960s works of Fellini, Antonioni or Godard, come on in. You'll feel right at home in this "Safe Place."

Henry Jaglom was the unsung hero amongst the circle of friends that brought us "Head," "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," and several other lesser-known classics of the era. Jaglom is more responsible for the success of "Easy Rider" than Dennis Hopper, as he took Hopper's three-hour cut--a mishmash of flashbacks, flash-forwards and art- damaged nonsense--and shaped it into the legendary film it is today. His close relationship with Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and others gave him a chance to write and direct his own movie for Columbia Pictures.

Jaglom in turn delivered this dream narrative starring Tuesday Weld as a young woman who copes by retreating into isolationism and fantasy. Orson Welles pops up here and there as a magician who represents a physical emodiment of her retreat from the world. Or does he only exist in her head?

It's best not to ask questions like that. Free your mind, sit back, and take in the feeling and mood. Where Hopper failed with his cut of "Easy Rider" and "The Last Movie", Jaglom effortlessly succeeds with such lofty and artsy ambitions. "A Safe Place" coasts by like a gentle dream in an afternoon nap--full of beautiful, detached imagery, illogical but comforting.

"A Safe Place" is a beautiful relic of a brief time in American cinema. Even Jaglom-- always on the fringe of mainstream cinema--would never make anything like this again, as he later developed the documentary/verite style which has become his trademark.


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