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Howard Da Silva
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Maria Wyeth, an ex-model and B-movie actress, strolls on the grounds of a mental hospital, recalling the traumatic events which led to her breakdown. She is married to an unfaithful, self-engrossed director, Carter Lane. Neglected by her husband, Maria is engaged in a series of one-night stands and becomes pregnant. Her husband divorces her, and she has an illegal abortion. Maria's only friend is B.Z., a homosexual movie producer. World weary, he tells Maria that he has discovered the meaning of life is nothing. He invites her to commit suicide with him. Written by
I read the novel as a prelude to seeing Vanessa Redgrave play Didion in "The Year of Magical Thinking." I was interested in Didion as a fiction writer. Found the novel a bit trying since the main character, Maria, seemed too vague as written.
Sundance recently showed the film and Tuesday Weld's portrayal of Maria cleared things up for me. In fact, I found the film engrossing and quite well-done. Tony Perkins captured perfectly the closeted unhappy B.Z. And Tammy Grimes was a real camp. The shots of LA and the Nevada desert was quite striking and the color is intense as was probably intended.
This film needs to be on DVD with commentary.
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