Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The King of Marvin Gardens (Bob Rafelson, 1972)


The unwieldy minds behind Five Easy Pieces turned out this intriguing failure as a follow-up. Where 'Pieces' was built on stray vignettes that gained clarity in retrospect, this moody mess unfolds in tentative metaphors for acute alienation that possibly once spoke to a demographic that is now extinct. The actors achieve a certain coherence in their performances, so in all likelihood they were working off a sturdy core objective. But the latter has made it to the finished film only in hazy bits and pieces.

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