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Male of the Species (1969)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  3 January 1969 (USA)
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Male of the Species was actually conceived as three TV Plays for the British 'ITV Saturday Night Theatre' series to raise awareness to charities who catered for less unfortunate actors who needed long term help or health care . The common link is of course is that they are all about the male of the species. In their UK form and respective order they were known as ' Macneil ' featuring Sean Connery; ' Cornelius ' featuring Michael Caine and 'Emlyn' featuring Paul Scofield. See more »

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only saw it once and it sticks forever in my memory
22 September 2003 | by (sweden) – See all my reviews

This must be one of the most wanted 'lost films' on the planet, if not the very most wanted. It's amazing that so little is known about it!!! It stars 3 mayor stars of the time (and still - two of them!) and yet nobody seems to care to get a hold on it and release it on DVD. Not only that: Who was the director? (Shall try to find out). I was about 16 years old when I saw it on television with my (then) living father, who at the time was about 62 years old. We both liked it tremendously and, on behalf of Michael Caine, I don't think he has ever had a more romantic role than this. I remember that it was about a (at first at least) young woman, who has 3 relationships with men, one of them to her father (daughter-father relationsship and nothing dirty as such) as I recall (played by Sean Connery) who has a habit of telling lies (this was the first time I encountered the word 'mendacity', I can still remember it), the other relationships (Caine and Schofield) were romantic (at least the one to Caine)- if she went to bed with any of them I'm however not sure of - this was an intelligent film which did not need that sort of cheap trick and insulting propaganda. It was not a coming-of-age film the way they are done today (totally without brains) but a serious film with real people in it. This is no doubt a 10 out of 10 and that it is not released casts a big shadow over the whole business - how many good films are out there, that we equally know nothing about and are not allowed to see? Well, of course, not many done today but in the times as this film was made the quality of films was at a much higher level and maybe there is more out there. However, the last film by Nick Willing 'doctor sleep' is also not available, which is of course an insult as well. since this director, after 'photographing fairies', should be promoted and not put to silence. Well, 'ken park' by Larry Clark is also not available etc.. Still: This film had 3 mayor stars and nobody knows anything about it. Amazing! A 10 out of 10 of course.


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