A Safe Place

1971, Movie, GP, 94 mins

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This hippie-like fantasy has Weld returning to her childhood and to a place where she feels safe. An almost complete absence of character development leaves plenty of questions about Weld's life. The film is set in only a few locations and doesn't provide much explanation for anything. Writer-actor-editor Jaglom made his directorial debut with A SAFE PLACE, which was a critical and box-office disaster. Originally written as a play and performed at New York's Actors Studio (with Karen Black, Proctor, and Jaglom himself), the film's cast was comprised entirely of Jaglom's friends, with the exception of Orson Welles. Most of the picture was filmed in Jaglom's parents' apartment, and just before its premiere the director admitted it was autobiographical, taken primarily from his and Weld's real-life experiences. The 94-minute print was culled from more than 50 hours of footage, leading the critics to charge that unorthodox editing techniques resulted in the film's becoming confusing and incoherent. Recordings used in the film include: "La Vie En Rose" (Edith Piaf), "It's a Big, Wide Wonderful World," "Passing By," (Buddy Clark), "Give Me Something to Remember You By," (Helen Forrest),"Lavender Blue" (Vera Lynn), "Vous Qui Passer Sans Me Voir," "Le Mer," (Charles Trenet), "As Time Goes By" (Dooley Wilson), "Someone to Watch Over Me" (Dinah Shore), "I'm Old-Fashioned" (Fred Astaire). leave a comment

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