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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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Carnival Doctor
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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. . . .
20 June 2007 | by (Salida, California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

For those who would trash this film as so much convoluted garbage--Freudian or otherwise--I have only these words: The Very Thought of You. The scene in which this song is included is the only thing which makes this film worth watching. Of course, the inclusion of the song, good as it is, cannot save this film from the trash heap.

The concept is imaginative enough. The story concerns what appears prima facie to be a familiar theme, but which incorporates the kind of surrealistic realism that was characteristic of John Collier. His characters are dreamers with noble ideals and high expectations. Only to find that the real thing, once encountered, is nowhere near what they had imagined. Another story by Collier in this same mold, by the bye, is "The Chaser," which did become a Twilight Zone episode.

The well-read viewer will probably be able to overlook the bizarre elements which clutter this film for just a moment and appreciate its sublime theme. In the end, however, the bizarre elements drown out any attempt at profundity. The viewer, like the characters in the film, is left feeling vaguely disillusioned, if not outright cheated.

The song deserves mention immediately because I believe that the sentimental romanticism of The Very Thought of You expresses very well the intention of the film's director. As envisioned by him, the song lingers in memory. Unfortunately, the director's intention is out of step with the writer Collier's original intention and it shows. The whole production is out of sync with its purpose. This is not a good film. I'd give it one and a half stars, and that's for the song.


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