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Entries in Looking for Mr Goodbar (5)

Tuesday
Jun 06 2017

The Dramas of Diane Keaton


"It's not a good idea to be identifiable,though it's reassuring.It feels safe in most ways,and that's bad,because it means that you're accepted,and once that happens that's where you stay.You have to watch yourself.I'd like a life like Katharine Hepburn's in terms of work.She matured.She made the changes.Like Martha Graham."

Diane Keaton,New Yorker,1978

Diane Keaton is to receive theAmerican Film Institure Lifetime Achievementaward on June 8th.We should be pleased,not only deserved because Keaton is a true legend,but also because highly accomplished comic actors are so often overlooked by awards bodies.Think of Keaton andAnnie Hallcomes immediately to mind along with other Woody Allen films,as well as comedies likeThe First Wives Club,Father of the Brideand Something's Gotta Give.But few actresses have a dramatic filmography that can match Keaton's.For all her fluffy breeziness,her dramatic skill is equally sharp and coldly acerbic,with films likeShoot the Moon,Looking for Mr.GoodbarandRedscapturing this dichotomy.And we can't forget the entireGodfathertrilogy.

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Friday
May 26 2017

Beauty Break: The Men of "Mr. Goodbar"

by Seán McGovern

Annie Hallturns 40 this year and Diane Keaton will be the recipient of theAFI Life Achievement Awardnext month (June 8th to be exact).Keaton,a perennial A-lister,reminds us every few years about the extent of her talents.She's been enjoying recent success inThe Young Popeand her upcoming projectsHampsteadandBook Clubsound promising at least.SinceAnnie Hallturns 40 this year so too will Keaton's other '77 triumph,Looking For Mr.Goodbar.

ThoughGoodbaris remembered for Keaton in a dramatic role (which this author will pay attention to here at a later date),the film is definitely what we'd call in contemporary parlance "problematic".I recently watchedGoodbarfor my own podcast,but amongst the reprehensible moments I finally understood why so many women of a certain age (i.e.my mother) swooned over Richard Gere - who we get to see plenty of in this film,as well as co-star Tom Berenger who never looked so gorgeous.[More,slightly NSFW,after the jump...]

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Monday
Aug 01 2016

Podcast/Smackdown Pt 2: Richard Dreyfuss Double Feature of '77 and Films Oscar Ignored

As a companion piece toyesterday's Smackdown,a two-part podcast.If you missed Part One it'sright here.Now we conclude our '77 festivities (did you enjoy or did we go to overboard?) with our panel,which includes Mark Harris, Guy Lodge, Nick Davis, Sara Black McCulloch,and Nathaniel R,discussing Tuesday Weld,Richard Dreyfuss,Diane Keaton,Looking for Mr Goodbar,The Turning Pointand a few '77 extras.

Part Two Finale.Index (40 minutes)
00:01 One more anecdote onThe Goodbye Girl
04:45 Richard Dreyfuss' big year and Steven Spielberg's interest/disinterest in actors inClose Encounters of the Third Kind
15:30 Tuesday Weld's career and the divisiveLooking for Mr Goodbar
24:00The Turning Pointand a female-heavy Best Picture lineup
32:15 Performances that weren't nominated from:Saturday Night Fever,Opening Night,Handle With Care,Roseland,andThree Women
39:00 Thank yous!

You can listen to the podcast here ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?

Smackdown 77.Part Two.Close Encounters

Sunday
Jul 31 2016

Smackdown '77: Melinda,Leslie,Tuesday,Quinn,and Vanessa Redgrave

Presenting the Supporting Actress Nominees of '77.A mother with extraterrestrial problems,a highly neurotic swinger,a wealthy political activist,a precocious daughter,and a timid ballerina.

THE NOMINEES

John Travolta opening the envelope

If the characters weren't quite typical this time,the shortlist formation was a familiar mix of career glories.Consider the slotting: Oh look,there's the child actor slot that the Supporting Actress category is famous for going to Quinn Cummings;Tuesday Weld wins the underappreciated enduring talent nod;No typical shortlist is complete without a newish critical darling with momentum which in 1977 was Melinda Dillon (she had created the "Honey"role inWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolfon stage but didn't get to do the movie and was finally making film inroads via her role in the previous year's Best Picture nomineeBound for Glory);Finally, you have to have a current Oscar darling with considerable prestige and fame (Vanessa Redgrave) on hand in any given year.Oops,that's only four.The last type is more rare but not unprecented.The final player fell under what you might call the "novelty"slot (Leslie Browne).When the latter happens it's usually either foreign-born non-actors or famous musicians but in this case it was a soon to be principal dancer with the American Ballet Company.

THIS MONTH'S PANELISTS

Here to talk about these five turns are our panelists:Mark Harris(Author of "Pictures at a Revolution,"and "Five Came Back"),Guy Lodge(Variety,The Observer),Nick Davis(Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern),Sara Black McCulloch(Rearcher,Translator,Writer) and your hostNathaniel R(Editor,The Film Experience).亚博主页

And now it's time for the main event...

1977
SUPPORTING ACTRESS SMACKDOWN

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Friday
Jul 29 2016

HMWYBS: A Sensational Diane Keaton in "Looking for Mr Goodbar"

Best Shot 1977 Party.Chapter 3
Looking for Mr Goodbar (1977)
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Cinematography by: William A Fraker

Finally with chapter 3 in our look back at the Cinematography nominees of 1977 -- a little prep work for the Supporting Actress Smackdown (last day to get your ballots in) -- a real threat toClose Encounter of the Third Kindfor the Best Cinematography crown.Close Encounterswon the Oscar,its sole competitive Oscar,but William A Fraker was more than worthy as a nominee for his evocative experimental work onLooking for Mr Goodbar.The cinematography (along with its swinging partner,the editing) are ready and able to capture the whirlwind moods,liberated momentum,self-deprecating humor,and multiple flashes of fear within this time capsule of the sexual revolution.

My only regret in showcasing the cinematography for this series is that good images are hard to come by.More (a little bit NSFW) after the jump...

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