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Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? -- Zee (Karen Black) is walking up and down Manhattan streets, talking to herself and to the husband who has just left her...

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Henry Jaglom (writer)
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14 November 1985 (Australia) See more »
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Directed by
Henry Jaglom 
 
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Henry Jaglom  writer

Produced by
M.H. Simonson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Karen Black 
 
Cinematography by
Bob Fiore 
 
Film Editing by
Pamela Guest  (as Pam Rack)
Francesca Rivieri  (as Francesca Riviere)
 
Production Management
Robert Beberian .... unit manager
Michael Emil .... executive in charge of production (as Michael Jaglom)
E.L. Fisher .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John A. Gallagher .... assistant director
Forrest Murray .... assistant director (as Forrest W. Murray)
 
Sound Department
Debra DeVito Jackson .... sound editor
Harry Lapham .... sound
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
 
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Hal Miles .... titles director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Voxembaum .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Laja Holland .... assistant editor
Debra DeVito Jackson .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Thomas Ballman .... production assistant
Stanley Bushell .... production accountant
Carol Clerk .... production assistant
Julie Pari .... production assistant
Eric P. Steckler .... production assistant (as Eric Steckler)
Jenny Townsend .... script supervisor
Judith Wolinsky .... production coordinator
 

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90 min
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In one scene, a character is seen reading the book "In Praise of the Sensitive Man" by Anais Nin. Nin was a great admirer of Henry Jaglom's work and dedicated part of that book to praising his film A Safe Place (1971).See more »
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Eli:"In the effort to explain sexual aberrations, Freud introduced two terms, sexual object and sexual aim."
Mort:She's cute how could I meet her?
Eli:By getting into an actual conversation with her, not by having an objective of trying to hit on her or pick her up, but just go around, behave nicely, talk to her, show an interest in her, if you genuinely have one, and behave normally. "Everything abnormal has its normal roots and an accidental factor in childhood may change the whole course of life, this is particularly demonstrable when we study the deviations in reference to the sexual object and the sexual aim."
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References Chan Is Missing (1982)See more »
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A thing of beauty, 23 February 2011
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom

Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? has gem status in my book, a quirky, happy, upbeat, talky, fun, intelligent, artistic, edifying, and visually beautiful New York romantic comedy, with interesting and unusual characters.

It screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 1983 and has since fallen into obscurity, apparently suffering from mis-marketing (the poster for the film makes it look like it's a bondage movie!).

This beautiful film is about a relationship between two mismatched misfits. It's charming in that neither of the leads are stereotypical romcom characters, Eli (Michael Emil – director Henry Jaglom's brother) even has a comb over! Here's one film where a lack of physical beauty refreshingly doesn't equate to stupidity or subordination. Zee (Karen Black) is introduced in Central Park, where she appears from behind the sculpture of Alice in Wonderland (the camera pauses briefly on each of Alice and the Mad Hatter), an artwork which may foreshadow the unusual goings on in the film.

Zee is a kooky and extremely emotional woman, who suffers from paranoia and relationship withdrawal symptoms. She describes Emil, almost a polar opposite, as follows, "Well, you seem to have a lot of energy and it gets stuck in your forehead… it's like thinking instead of flowing". I also like about Eli's character that he's got such a rich back history in terms of relationships, and things he's tried in life, and given up. The film is appropriately nostalgic regarding this personal tapestry.

I think Can She Bake A Cherry Pie? is reminiscent in many ways of Woody Allen films of the same era, although I think Jaglom's movie doesn't navel-gaze. Eli draws on the Talmud, but isn't down in the dumps about being Jewish, or hung-up about peoples' attitudes towards Jewishness. In between moments of light relief the movie is genuinely natural at some points, almost like Varda, with sweet moments where the characters talk about their lives.

Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade makes a welcome appearance at a night-time concert in the park, which absolutely felt like a real event, probably because on the budgetary level here, it was! It had the feel of a real life relationship memory. The title of the music refers to Scheherazade, from the Arabian Nights, who constructs an epic narrative where stories spring out of one another in an attempt to divert her would-be executioner. I think that meshes with the movie's implied view of life as being composed of a protean series of encounters and situations.

There's a lot of ways in which this movie is very different from the normal romantic movie, it really acknowledges many things that Hollywood has always denied, that men have emotional needs on the same scale as women and are actually the weaker sex in empirical terms (more likely to suffer from mental illness, more likely to suffer physical injury, shorter lifespan etc – Zee refers to this directly when reading a magazine article in bed), also that your life can alter abruptly, like a set change at a play, where your plans go out of the window and even any sense of fate, it even lets a woman have an uninterrupted monologue where she talks about herself, where she's not an object, or in feminist terms "the other". Zee gets to sing about her love for Sara Lee puddings at one point, just not on the male agenda at all. Jaglom was all for this sort of thing and has gone on record to say, "Hollywood so neglects women's real stories and real lives and indulges in male fantasies about women that have little to do with the reality of women's lives"

And because I love this film so much I recorded a monologue from Zee, shot in a lovely setting in the park by the water, whilst Zee and Eli are sat down: "Life is the most amazing mysterious thing, you think you know what's going to happen to you, where you're going to be in one year… five years. Then suddenly you look round and it's a new life, do you know what I mean?... I think it's the water on the pond… the water on the pond, because the water on the pond I can remember from other times. It's like a lot of rooms you know with doors. Your life is compartmentalised into these rooms and you go through these doors into the new room, and you don't know you went through the door, and you didn't notice, you don't notice that all the windows are different, and all the chairs are different, and all the rugs are different, and all the people are different, it's a new setting, do you follow me? But then all of a sudden one day, one day, in the middle of one moment, you look around and you say where am I, what happened, where am I, my God who are you? Eli, who are you? Where'd they go, ooh what happened there, I thought, d'you know what I mean? It's a funny feeling, it's like waking up in the middle of a dream. I think I just woke up Eli."

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