“I’m always lonely — especially when I’m with people.”
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Meanwhile, his arrogant mega-crush, “Barbara Darling” (Hartman), is buddies with a dwarf (Michael Dunn) who transcribes her stories about — what else? — an aggressive albino hypnotherapist with one wooden leg:
… high-strung Harris is only allowed to manage the apartment given to her by her late brother if she lets his pet rooster roam around on the fifth floor; Oscar-nominated Page is simply a caricature of an overbearing mother:
… and Torn is a lech (though this does lead to an amusing scene between him and Harris involving a secret vault of erotica).
In her breakthrough debut role, Black is effectively earnest — though it’s challenging to understand why in the world she has such an intense crush on nebbishy, ungrateful Kastner.
It’s Hartman’s character — a royal bitch with a truly crazy-making personality — who emerges as most memorable, and Hartman (apparently shy and troubled in real life) plays nicely against type.
Your tolerance for this film will depend entirely on how easily you get caught up in its fast-paced editing, cinema verite shooting style, and defiant whimsicality — and also how curious you are to see Coppola’s earliest efforts.
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