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Million Dollar Movie

The Man Who Loved Women (and the women who loved him right back):

Man, I love this movie, a real beaut by Robert Towne, Hal Ashby and company:

George: Let’s face it. I f***ed them all. That’s what I do. That’s why I went to beauty school. They’re always there, and l…I don’t know why I’m apologizing. So sometimes I f*** them. I go into that shop and they’re so great-looking. I do their hair. They feel and smell great. I’d be on the street…at a stoplight, or go into an elevator. There’s…a beautiful girl. I don’t know. That’s it. It makes my day. It makes me feel like I’m gonna live forever. As far as I’m concerned with what I’d liked to have done in my life…I know I should’ve accomplished more but I have no regrets. I mean…Maybe that means I don’t love them. Maybe it means I don’t love you. Nobody’s gonna tell me I don’t like them very much.

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Tags:  shampoo  warren beatty

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1 Matt Blankman   ~  Aug 20, 2010 11:47 am

Great film, and one of my favorites of the era. I've had mixed success turning other people on to it - I find some younger people really don't respond to it. Their loss.

By the way, the white haired gent talking to Christie is none other than movie director/producer/innovator/impresario William Castle.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 20, 2010 12:01 pm

It's VERY Hit or Miss, no matter the age. I think the poltical satire really works because they had a few years distance from the 68 campaign. But the Beatty character is great, a nice riff on his public persona, and a character who has to deal with the consequences of his actions at the end of the movie. Oh, yeah, then there are the women, Grant, Goldie, and especially Julie! Drooooool

3 Matt Blankman   ~  Aug 20, 2010 12:39 pm

All true, Alex. I had one female friend who turned it off because they didn't like Beatty's character. I tried to explain that if she'd seen it through to the end... well, you get the idea.
That ending is very haunting. We know George is a shit, but at the same time we like him and want him to succeed. He's not mean-spirited, just thoughtless. I really like the scene he and Warden have towards the end.
The women are tremendous and Warden and Tony Bill are both very very good in their roles as well.

4 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 20, 2010 12:41 pm

Yup. And that's what I like about it. Without it being over moralizing, he suffers for his thoughtlessness in a way that seems fitting. He's not mean just has no spine.

5 Matt Blankman   ~  Aug 20, 2010 12:43 pm

Its a real shame what happened to Hal Ashby. He was one of the most original and interesting directors of the time and it ended way too quickly.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 20, 2010 1:01 pm

The king of the dissolves. The long, slow dissolves, especially in The Last Detail. But he was an editor first so I guess he just liked the effect.

7 Matt Blankman   ~  Aug 20, 2010 1:41 pm

Yeah, he was the hot young cutter in the 60s. I believe he did a few pictures with Norman Jewison that were big hits at the time (e.g. The Cincinnati Kid).

8 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 20, 2010 1:47 pm

The Cincinnati Kid, written by Ring Lardner Jr after 18 years of being blacklisted.

9 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Aug 21, 2010 7:46 am

[8] The Cincinnati Kid...all I can remember of that one is the smoldering Ann Margaret...oh man, she was just...whew!!!

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