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Some Call It Loving (1973)

 -  Drama  -  26 October 1973 (France)
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A woman who's been asleep for years is part of a carnival that sells her kisses for a buck. A lonely jazz musician buys her. Once awake, the two of them and his two girlfriends hook up. But sometimes, dreams are better than reality.

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Robert Troy
Carol White ...
Scarlett
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Jennifer
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Jeff
Veronica Anderson ...
Angelica
Logan Ramsey ...
Carnival Doctor
Brandy Herred ...
Cheerleader
Ed Rue ...
Mortician
Pat Priest ...
Carnival Nurse
Joseph DeMeo ...
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A woman who's been asleep for years is part of a carnival that sells her kisses for a buck. A lonely jazz musician buys her. Once awake, the two of them and his two girlfriends hook up. But sometimes, dreams are better than reality.

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The Only Act of Its Kind in the World. For Sale.

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26 October 1973 (France)  »

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Sleeping Beauty  »

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The film was so well received in Europe after numerous press and distributor screenings that director James B. Harris was invited to attend the prestigious "Directors Fortnight" at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and present the film. In Europe, "Some Call It Loving" was welcomed with open arms and hailed as an artful drama. In the United States, the critics were not as kind, labeling the film a curious oddity. The picture quickly faded from screens due to the negative word of mouth and lack of release. Since its initial release in the US, however, it has garnered a respectable cult following. See more »

Quotes

Scarlett: [to Robert and Jennifer] Now we have our music. It would give me such pleasure to see the two of you dance. So if you would, you two dance, and I'll watch.
Robert Troy: I don't dance.
Scarlett: You don't dance? Oh, what a pity. Well then we'll dance, and you watch. You do watch, don't you?
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The Very Thought of You
Written by Ray Noble
Vocal by Nat 'King' Cole
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Had Twilight Zone Stayed on the air to the 70's
14 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You would end up with "Some Call It Loving" One of the most truly unique films that you will find - if you can. Features a rare performance by Richard Pryor and Tisa Farrow - Starring Zalman King. Actor of "Blue Sunshine" and other B- movie horror films of the 70's like "Galaxy of Terror" - Later to bring us such hits as "9 1/2 Weeks" and the "Red Shoe Diaries". Zalman portrays and eccentric jazz musician who one day happens upon a carnival sideshow. Lured in by a carny barker he witnesses a human exhibition. A sleepy beauty - A real life girl who apparently due to a rare medical condition maintains a constant state of sleep. The wealthy musician so taken by the girl, he decides to buy her off the carny. It turns out that this is NOT the only girl in his human collection. Back at the mansion are two more unique women.

Many films have delt with the Sideshow and Carny theme but few are able to capture the real seedy and underlying themes of Freakshows as well as this film does in the first 5 mins. . Logan Ramsey (walking tall) plays the sideshow owner - giving one of the most convincing performances of a true seedy carny. Add to this a pair of lesbians - a Blonde Bombshell Fetish Cheerleader - Richard Pryor as a strung out Jazz Drummer - Plus - some nunexploitation - Add a pinch of Saxaphone driven Jazz and you got yourself a film from 1973 unlike any other - If this film came out now it would take Sundance by storm. Simply put the film deals with the idea of creating the perfect woman or chasing after the idea of the perfect woman. One uncorrupted from the realities of the world. An eerie twisted Twilight Zone feel - It's interesting to see how Zalman went from this to 9 1/2 weeks. Which also deals with obtaining human passion.


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