| ||This rare and humorous comedy, is Francis Ford Coppola's 1st directorial debute and was his master thesis project at the University of California at Berkley. This movie falls in the tradition of the 'Graduate'. It is a must have for one's movie collection. |
Plot:The theme is the moving-away-from-home and sexual coming-of-age of Bernard Chanticleer (Peter Kastner), a boyish, going-on-twenty Long Islander with a hyper-neurotic mom (supporting-actress Oscar nominee Geraldine Page) and a pompous pop (Rip Torn), who as Curator of Incunabula at the New York Public Library is also his boss. Bernard is so smitten with Barbara Darling (Elizabeth Hartman), a man-eating, go-go-dancing sylph who¹s part of an avant-garde theater company, that he almost literally can't see the sweet girl (Karen Black in her first role) who works alongside him, and painfully pines for him, at the library. Yet another female grotesque is Bernard's repressed landlady (Julie Harris), whose honest-to-God name, Miss Thing, may be the film's one enduring legacy to American culture. Coppola's talent is apparent even when he's trivializing it, and there are some nice ideas--e.g., a small army of library drones lyrically roller-skating through the stacks, and a meet-cute moment involving the library's pneumatic-tube system that may have inspired the New Wave's François Truffaut in turn (v. Stolen Kisses).
The dvd is encoded NTSC REGION 0(playable on dvd players worldwide), and the audio and video is EXCELLENT(rate 9 out of a possible 10).
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