“I’m not adding up to anything, am I, Aaron? I’m not making any sense.”
When visited by an old boyfriend (Barry Primus) hoping to make a film about her, a former fashion model (Faye Dunaway) recovering from a mental breakdown reflects on her rocky past and relationships.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Faye Dunaway Films
- Flashback Films
- Mental Breakdown
- Roy Scheider Films
Faye Dunaway’s committed central performance is the primary saving grace of this pretentious flashback film, which is ultimately merely an ineffective imitation of its more esteemed cinematic peers (most notably 1965’s similarly themed Darling). Despite Dunaway’s best efforts, it’s impossible to care much about the film’s self-absorbed protagonist (loosely based on screenwriter Carole Eastman), whose rise and fall from fame is utterly unremarkable (a climbing star becomes petulant and difficult to work with? impossible to imagine!), and whose mental breakdown is never fully explained or justified. When Dunaway says to Primus early on in the film, “I don’t know why you want to make a film about me”, we can’t help agreeing.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Faye Dunaway as Lou
- Viveca Lindfors as Lou’s agent
- Creative visuals and editing
No; despite its provocative title, this one can easily be skipped. Listed as a Sleeper in the back of Peary’s book.