A once-great silent film director, unable to make the transition to the new talkies, lives as a near-hermit in his Hollywood home, making cheap, silent sex films, and suffering in the knowledge of his sexual impotence, and apathetic about the plans to demolish his home to make way for a motorway. His producer and his producer's girlfriend come by to see how he is doing (and to supply heroin to the actress as her payment). The girlfriend stays to watch them filming, and is deeply impressed by his methods. When the actress goes to the bathroom, and dies there of an overdose, the girlfriend takes her place in the film. Then the producer returns... Written by
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Sitting at piano, Boy Wonder plays song Moonglow, written in 1934. The movie takes place at least three or four years earlier (characters repeatedly talk about a then-unknown actor named Clark Gable, already a big star by time song was written). See more »
The end credits are shown in black-and-white, against a backdrop of a silk cloth. It is also grainier and scratched in spots compared to the rest of the film. It is very reminiscent of the credits of vintage 30's melodramas. See more »
This film received an X rating, which really hurt it. Richard Dreyfus is wonderful as a man who can't make the transition from silent films to talkies, so is reduced to making 2nd rate porno films. It also contains wonderful performances by Veronica Cartright and Jessica Harper. It is done as a "tongue in cheek" comedy. Today it would not receive an X rating. I have been searching for a VHS copy of the film, but have been unable to find one. Any ideas as to where I could get a copy, please let me know
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