Number of Times Seen – Twice (7 Aug 2001 and 26 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Three lost souls living in L.A. encounter one another in the city’s night life environment each seeking love and someone who can understand them.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing once on cable years ago and remember is being done really well.
Ala Rudolph is a great writer and director and always knows how to set up a great story usually set in a noir kind of theme.
This film has three complex characters who are developed really well over the course of the story and it’s easy to take a liking to all of them while also wanted to learn more about them and everything that they do.
The story is able to show the vast differences and changes that each of the characters face when they are shown during the day or during the night because even the time frame affects each of them.
The film’s atmosphere is great while keeping the noir feel the whole way through because it helps establish the tone and look of it all in such a profound and enjoyable way.
Bottom Line – Great character study that works due to Rudolph’s direction of things. The characters are developed in an intriguing way which makes us want to know even more about them as the story progresses. The way that they show the vast differences in ow these characters act whether its night or day also says so much about each of them. The atmosphere is create really well and the noir feel works in helping establish the tone the whole way through. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – While Mickey (Keith Carradine) is in the bath, Nancy (Geneviève Bujold) searches his luggage and finds: An issue of Yale Quarterly, containing a review of Charles Johnston’s translation of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, written by Mickey. An issue of The Stars and Stripes with an article and photograph of Mickey (as Lieutenant), marrying a Colonel’s daughter. A photograph of Mickey and his wife at the Officer’s Club in Freeslautern, West Germany in 1973. A certificate of The Air Medal, awarded to Mickey by the U.S. President in 1974. A certificate of the Distinguished Service Cross, awarded to Mickey by the U.S. President. Photos of Mickey as a pilot in a cockpit, one labelled “Saigon”. Issues of Esquire and Newsweek. Two issues of Pravda and one of Stern with photographs of Mickey, apparently being arrested by security forces. The Stern article headline (roughly) translates as “Spy versus Spy”, with a subhead “Which is True?” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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