Friday, November 25, 2016

The Christian Licorice Store (1971)

National General Pictures
Directed by James Frawley
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Tennis star Beau Bridges falls in love with photographer Maud Adams. All is well with the "beautiful couple" until she wants commitment and he plays around while out of town. Furthermore, he wants a career in the movies and attends decadent Hollywood parties. Their relationship falls apart. The film uses a hand-held technique similar to the French New Wave, but the end result is scenes that go on far too long by dwelling on unimportant details (packing for a trip, arriving at the airport). It is not a total lost cause, though, Maud looks great and there is an early 70s downbeat ending. Jean Renoir shows up to look at some of her photos, as does Tim Buckley who plays the song containing the oblique lyrics.

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