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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)
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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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Storyline

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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29 October 1971 (USA)  »

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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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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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Featured in Edge of Outside (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

(Give Me) Something to Remember You By
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Helen Forrest
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wonderful scenario
12 November 1998 | by (Quito, Ecuador) – See all my reviews

I don't know why I hadn't seen this movie before. I find the script an almost perfect one, closer to poetry than to the novel and a cinema language that owes a lot to Jean Luc Godard but nevertheless contributes to a post-modern comprehension of cinema as an art form in constant evolution. A 'must see' for any serious student of the evolution of cinema.

The film's cinematography, with a clear cut preference for close ups, is a contribution to the general epos of the story. A real masterpiece, which I am sure will gain in public aclaim as time passes. A 10 by any standard. Pedro Saad


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