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Friday, May 23, 2008

THE LAST TYCOON (1976)


The Roberts De Niro & Mitchum, Teresa Russell, Jeanne Moreau, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasance, Jack Nicholson, Peter Strauss, Anjelica Huston, Seymore Cassel, and Dana Andrews in front of the camera; Sam Spiegel, Elia Kazan, Harold Pinter, Maurice Jarre, Victor Kemper behind the camera; and every single damn blasted one of ‘em miscast and/or having a miserable time. Tony Curtis gets off the hook because he's both well cast & damn good, and Ingrid Boulting earns a pass because she's an incompetent amateur and shouldn't be held to blame. Probably no one could have made F. Scott Fitzgerald’s hopelessly wrongheaded Hollywood novel work on film (it misunderstands both the Movie Biz and its own quasi-hero, a fictionalized version of movie mogul Irving Thalberg), but couldn’t someone have supplied a bit of energy to the thing?

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