Has anyone seen this movie (or read the book)? We watched it last night. There are a number of interesting things about it:
- It has several parallels with Mulholland Drive. I'd be very surprised if David Lynch wasn't consciously referencing it.
- Donald Sutherland plays a character named Homer Simpson (no relation), a rather high-strung fellow, to say the least.
- William Atherton plays the male lead. I couldn't figure out what I recognized him from until I checked iMDB afterwards. Turns out he's been in almost everything, but I was thinking of Real Genius. At that age (whatever he was in '75), he looked like a cross between Sean Astin and Andrew McCarthy.
- The female lead is played by Karen Black, who played a similarly dumb, annoying blond in Five Easy Pieces, the difference being that only the audience finds her annoying in TDotL, in which men are falling all over themselves trying to dance with/rape her. John remarked that she must be smart to play dumb so well, since being dumb doesn't mean you can play dumb. (See ScarJo playing a bad actress in Match Point.)
- There's a child star character named Adore, who is even more annoying than Faye (Karen Black), played by child star Jackie Eearle Haley, who went on to star in Bad News Bears and had guest roles in classic TV shows such as MacGyver and Get a Life (yay) and will apparently play Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. John and I both thought this character was a girl.
- Billy Barty, who played High Aldwin in Willow (he's the one who says, "Forget all you know ... or think you know"), plays, well, a short-tempered midget. His dynamic with one of the chickens in a gruesome cock-fighting scene is rather touching.
- It has the most OTT, OMG, WTF ending I have ever experienced. So much so that it's included on this horror site called Kindertrauma. It gave me violent dreams. At first it's disturbing, then jaw-dropping, then, for me, sort of comical and hence less effective. This may have to do with the effects being dated.
Weren't the '70s an awesome time for film? Even the kind of bad movies are often really striking and hard to shake. I didn't exactly like Three Women (Robert Altman) or Taxi Driver but I'll never forget the imagery. I appreciate almost all of the acclaimed movies I've seen from the '70s (wildly untrue of acclaimed "films" from the '90s and '00s) and some of my all-time favorites were made then (Manhattan, Days of Heaven).