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A Safe Place (1971)

GP | | Drama | 29 October 1971 (USA)
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A strange young woman lives in a fantasy world where she can never grow up.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Susan / Noah
... The Magician
... Mitch
... Fred (as Philip Proctor)
... Bari
Dov Lawrence ... Larry
Fanny Birkenmier ... The Maid
Rhonda Alfaro ... Little Girl in Rowboat
Sylvia Zapp ... Susan at Age 7
Rachel Harlow ... Noah's Friend (as Richard Finnochio)
Barbara Flood ... Noah's Friend
Roger Garrett ... Noah's Friend
Jordon Hahn ... Noah's Friend
Francesca Hilton ... Noah's Friend
Julie Robinson ... Noah's Friend
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A young woman named Noah lives alone in New York. She is a disturbed flower child, who retreats into her past, yearning for lost innocence. She recalls her childhood, searching for a "safe place." As a child she met a magician in Central Park who presented her with magical objects: a levitating silver ball, a star ring, and a Noah's ark. She is romantically involved with two totally different men. Fred is practical but dull. Mitch is dynamic and sexy, her ideal fantasy partner. Neither man is able to totally fulfill her needs. Written by alfiehitchie

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Jack Nicholson appeared in this film mainly as a favor to Director Henry Jaglom. Nicholson did the film for no pay, his only demand was that he be given a new color television set. See more »

Quotes

Mitch: Do you know why I like you, Noah? Because you're simple-minded.
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Crazy Credits

Jaglom's highly experimental sense of montage continues well into the closing credits, cutting between Orson Welles' hysterical laugh, aerial shots of the roof, the younger Noah in the window and older Noah leaning on the jukebox staring directly into the camera as the credits roll on the left side. See more »

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Le Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
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Surprising
28 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This experimental piece of work, from Henry Jaglom, is actually something of a gem, if not for it's unique direction, for the typically stunning performance from Tuesday Weld. Weld is wonderful in her characterization of a simple, juvenile young woman, caught in the limbo between innocence and adulthood. This film is from the period which I consider Weld's peak. She is beautiful, charming and completely earnest in her delivery.

Others in the cast are interesting at best. Orson Welles is good as the father figure in Weld's life. Philip Proctor is not much acting wise, but at least he has a pleasant voice. That seems to have helped his career in the years following this film. Jack Nicholson is his typical cocky, slimy character in this one. I didn't feel his acting was anything new here, but his presence makes for an interesting triangle relationship.

The editing is choppy, utilizing audio and image clips flashing by, altered, and repeated again. It would seem to get old after a while, and it does to some degree, but it's effective nonetheless. There are some good vignettes here and there throughout the film, namely a scene where Weld describes to Proctor the importance of telephone exchanges. Not every actress could pull this off well, but Weld does so with empathy and charm...brilliant! The Ouija board scene also stands out, as do the ones of Weld and Welles in Central Park Zoo.

A fascinating and surprisingly engaging film. If for no other reason, it's worth watching for Weld's performance.


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