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Jessica Lange in a tour de force...
How she didn't win an Academy Award for this riveting performance is beyond me. Hollywood has done Frances wrong and the same can be said for Jessica not getting her Oscar. I initially read the book, "Will there ever be a morning"? which was heartbreaking. When she was cast in the movie I figured she was the only actress that could do Frances right and play her with such emotion and fire. Jessica is on fire in so many scenes its hard to pick out the most memorable. For me it was when she was yanked out of her bathroom in the middle of the night saying you have no right, and the biting, sarcastic conversation with the police when she is arrested. The one on one chat with her psychiatrist is priceless when she tells him of the little bead of sweat above his lip along with the fact that where does he come off thinking he has more insight into her mind than she does. All true, which in effect makes it so sad. A tragic, yet important film to view for Ms. Lange's unforgettable portrayal.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
An alien gets complacent in the U.S.A
A lot of symbolic references in this Nic Roeg movie but I would like to focus on one interesting scene. The first person Newton sees when he crashes on Earth is an alcoholic bum. Hence his mumbled drunken response at the end of the movie. Yes, he certainly has had enough. Candy Clark gives an outstanding performance along with Rip Torn. Some very visual photography and even though the movie has some faults, it still manages to get its story across. Bowie pulls off an exceptional performance but then again he was Major Tom. Buck Henry is also finely cast. I'm looking forward to see the director's cut. Also check out The Hunger, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.