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Lions Love (... and Lies) (1969)

Lions Love (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 December 1970 (France)
Three actors in Hollywood live and love together. A director comes from New York to make a movie about actors and Hollywood.


Agnès Varda (as Agnes Varda)


Agnès Varda (as Agnes Varda), Michael McClure (play)
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Complete credited cast:
Viva ... Viva
James Rado James Rado ... Jim (as Jim Rado)
Gerome Ragni Gerome Ragni ... Jerry (as Jerry Ragni)
Shirley Clarke ... Shirley
Carlos Clarens Carlos Clarens ... Carlos
Eddie Constantine ... Eddie
Max Laemmle Max Laemmle ... Max
Steve Kenis Steve Kenis ... Steve
Hal Landers Hal Landers ... Hal
Peter Bogdanovich ... Peter
Billie Dixon Billie Dixon ... Jean Harlow in The Beard
Richard Bright ... Billy the Kid in The Beard


It's the late spring 1968. Free-spirited Viva, Jerry and Jim as a threesome have entered into a relationship together living in a rented house in Los Angeles. While chronologically there, they are trying to figure out truly how to become adults as they treat their lives as one big theater production. They have as a house-guest Viva's friend, New York based independent filmmaker Shirley, who has come to town to make a movie about old time Hollywood. Her independence in the business and the studio system will try to come closer together as her business manager is negotiating studio funding, allowing her to use "movie stars" apropos to the piece, without giving up creative control. These stories are set against the backdrop of the turbulent times, with the focus of that turbulence being the successful or failed assassination attempts against Robert F. Kennedy and Andy Warhol, as opposed to the continued bloodshed in Vietnam. The participants show that at times cannot be as committed to ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Peter Bogdanovich is fleetingly glimpsed walking out of Larry Edmunds Book Shop holding a copy of his own book on John Ford. See more »


Shirley Clarke: Are we in Hollywood now?
Carlos: Yeah, I guess this is Hollywood already. It doesn't look like a city, it looks like - exactly like that. You're coming to a city, but the city is never there.
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References Lucille Love: The Girl of Mystery (1914) See more »

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Counter culture in California
14 February 2013 | by nickrogers1969See all my reviews

I checked this movie out as it sounded interesting as it starred Warhol discovery Viva and the writers of the musical "Hair" and was filmed by Agnes Varda who made "Cleo from 5 to 7". I was looking forward to seeing this but was so disappointed because it is a terrible and amateurish film with unappealing characters.

Rado and Ragni should never have stepped in front of a camera. (Instead they should have been busy writing a new hit musical.) It is now clear to me why Viva never became a movie star and why this movie now is forgotten and unseen. Shirley Clark is the only interesting person in it and I wonder what this movie would have been without the Kennedy assassination.

It's ironic that the film studio people in the film talk about having the final cut of a film project and how the Clarke's agent wants her to retain creative control over her film. This film HAD been better with a lot of editing, cutting out all of Viva, Rado and Ragni (but the there wouldn't have been anything left!).

What could have been a cult documentary of the scene in 1969 California is just an incredibly dull because of Varda's choice of lead characters. Just because these people had been involved in some cool 60's projects did not mean that they were worthy of being subjects of a documentary. The only funny part is when they discuss pregnancy and how it would be good to speed up the process.

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