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Friday, June 15, 2007

GREENLIGHT #141: Away from Her (with "Shampoo" and "Darling")

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Ann and Les did not want to get Away from Her (2007.) Instead they thoroughly enjoyed watching Julie Christie and Gordon Pinset play a long married couple dealing with the wife’s slow but definite descent into Alzheimer’s. Perhaps most amazing is that this poignant tale was written by 27-year old Sarah Polley who put together a script of intense emotion but no cheap tears. Ann and Les also really enjoyed seeing Olympia Dukakis play a mature woman without overacting. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another sad but thought-provoking film featuring the talents of Ms. Christie called Shampoo (1975.) In this film Warren Beatty plays a sexy hairdresser who has a lot of girlfriends including Ms. Christie and Goldie Hawn. But it’s also got a political message too. Ann recommends another Julie Christie film but this time she plays a thoroughly distasteful young model who tries to reach the heights of the London modeling scene in the 1960s. It’s a fabulous film directed by the great John Schlesinger called Darling (1965.)
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