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Play It As It Lays (1972)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  19 October 1972 (USA)
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A Hollywood actress undergoes a psychic breakdown and recalls the traumatic events which led to her stay at a sanitarium.

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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 alfiehitchie

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Maria's life was a search for the ultimate answer even after she found there was none.

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19 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Destino que Deus Me Deu  »

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Sam Peckinpah was to have worked with Joan Didion on this screen adaptation of her novel but this plan did not materialize. See more »

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Maria Wyeth Lang: ...existentially, I'm getting a hamburger.
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Great adaptation of mediocre book
7 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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