Monday, November 16, 2015

Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Academy Awards, USA 1966

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Ruth Gordon
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
Robert Clatworthy
George James Hopkins
Best Costume Design, Color
Edith Head
Bill Thomas

Warner Bros.
Directed by Robert Mulligan
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Warner Bros.)

Teenager Natalie Wood lives with her aging, eccentric mother on a pier near a California amusement park. One day she records herself singing and sends the record to a movie executive. When he unexpectedly shows up and promises to make her star, her life changes forever. She soon discovers, however, that life in Hollywood is anything but happy. She is swept off her feet, then abandoned, by fellow up and comer Robert Redford and feels the wraith of her producer when it appears she won't complete her movie contract. Insightful portrait of the plastic, fake lives of the Hollywood elite, but getting past 27-year-old Natalie playing a nervous, naive 15-year-old takes quite a bit of effort.

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