Post by Tommen_Saperstein on May 24, 2018 16:28:17 GMT
The Graduate Carnal Knowledge
Other than that, The Birdcage and Working Girl are quite good but nothing else sticks out (for the right reason anyway). Virginia Woolf is far too theatrical for my taste, and Silkwood isn't memorable apart from Streep and Cher.
It wouldn't have been a loss for me, if he would never have directed another film after his debut. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is the only movie he ever made, I'd call great. (obviously at least from the ones I've seen)
The Fortune is a fascinating mistake - although I'd argue underrated - and definitely worth seeing. First of all it is exquisitely done on a tech level - costumes, set design, cinematography etc. and Beatty/Nicholson/Channing are something to behold as you know this had to have once been a very different script that here gets played for sometimes funny sometimes very flat farce.
Not only were the 70s a great decade for film but you learn more from seeing the big duds of the time too - The Fortune is like New York, New York or Missouri Breaks in that way and if I see it on TV I always watch it. Worth seeing at least once and it's very short too - the more you see it the more forgiving you will be too.
I happened to watch The Fortune a couple days ago. Nicholson was very funny and it looked great with the cinematography and period elements. Other than that I don't have much good to say about it. The script was a trainwreck, IMO. It might be worth watching if you're a big Nicholson/Beatty/Nichols fan, I had had it on my mind to watch for a long time just due to Jack and Beatty starring together despite knowing the reception wasn't good.