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The Telephone Book (1971)

X | | Comedy | 3 October 1971 (USA)
Victim of an obscene caller becomes obsessed with her fantasy of ?him and attempts to track down IRL.

Director:

Nelson Lyon

Writer:

Nelson Lyon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Kennedy ... Alice
Norman Rose Norman Rose ... Mr. Smith
James Harder James Harder ... Obscene-Caller
Jill Clayburgh ... Eyemask
Ondine Ondine ... Narrator
Barry Morse ... Har Poon
Ultra Violet ... Whip Woman
Geri Miller Geri Miller ... Dancer
Roger C. Carmel ... Analyst
William Hickey ... Man in Bed
Matthew Tobin Matthew Tobin ... Mugger
Jan Farrand Jan Farrand ... Woman in the Park
David Dozer David Dozer ... Obscene-Caller
Lucy Lee Flippin ... Obscene-Caller
Dolph Sweet ... Obscene-Caller
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The story of a day in the life of a lonely, sensitive, exhuberent, attractive, young woman. Her exploits, encounters, and frustrations as she attempts to find a "special" someone, a caller who has "class", as she puts it. Written by dharmabum <darmabum@li.net>

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The story of a girl who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene phone call.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rosebud Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to producer Merv Bloch the movie originally came with an especially shot intermission which he eventually decided to cut out. During the intermission Andy Warhol was shown sitting in a chair eating popcorn until the actual movie would continue again, which was meant as a sort of in-joke to Warhol's own films that often showed the most mundane things for an extended amount of time, like a person sleeping for several hours or a person eating something without anything extraordinary happening. The footage of this intermission is currently (2010) considered lost. See more »

Connections

References The Magic Christian (1969) See more »

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Something To Remember Me By
Written by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz
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I haven't seen anything quite like this before.
23 March 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

This underground NYC film does seem intent on stimulating its characters and audience into a frenzied state, even though nobody ever gets around to actually *having* sex. This "story", if you can call it that, deals with various sorts of extremely kinky and twisted fetishes and how one particular person can only ever do his best work over the phone. Certainly the actors give it their all, and writer / director Nelson Lyon makes this a very odd duck of a film. It's often quite surreal, with some priceless dialogue and one monologue near the end that goes on for quite some time. The film is very well shot in black & white by Leon Perera, and is episodic in nature, as our main character meets a couple of quirky people and the basic story is frequently interrupted by "obscene callers" speaking into the camera and telling us what they do (or have done) to get off.

Adorable Sarah Kennedy stars as Alice, a sex-obsessed and air headed hippie chick who receives the obscene phone call of a lifetime. Impressed by the mans' talent, she embarks on a search for the guy throughout NYC. Among the characters we meet on this journey are an avant garde adult filmmaker (Barry Morse), an excitable analyst (Roger C. Carmel) who pays her in coins for details about her sex life, and a lesbian housewife. Finally, she meets the awe- inspiring "Mr. Smith" (Norman Rose), who prefers to keep some sense of mystery about himself and never takes off his pig face mask.

What's amusing is seeing a couple of very familiar faces turn up in this thing: Jill Clayburgh as "Eyemask", Ultra Violet as a woman with a whip, William Hickey as the guy in the bed, Lucy Lee Flippin and Dolph Sweet as two of our obscene phone callers, and "Captain" Arthur Haggerty as the district attorney. Kennedy is a reasonably good anchor in this tale, while Rose invests the nutty Mr. Smith with quite a lot of gravitas.

As you can see from what I've described here, this may not appeal to all devotees of adult entertainment, but the colour animated sequence late in the film sure is a marvel of cartoonish dirty imagery. However, people may still come away from this feeling dissatisfied. Judge for yourself.

Seven out of 10.


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