The Legend Of Lylah Clare 1968 R CC

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When a naïve young actress is chosen to star in a biopic of film goddess Lylah Clare, who died under mysterious circumstances on her wedding night.

Starring:
Kim Novak, Peter Finch
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

The Legend Of Lylah Clare

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Genres Drama
Director Robert Aldrich
Starring Kim Novak, Peter Finch
Supporting actors Ernest Borgnine, Milton Selzer, Rossella Falk, Gabriele Tinti, Valentina Cortese, Jean Carroll, Michael Murphy, Coral Browne, Lee Meriwether, James Lanphier, Robert Ellenstein, Nick Dennis, Dave Willock, Peter Bravos, Ellen Corby, Michael Fox, Hal Maguire, Tom Patty
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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This color print from Warner Archive is really crisp, and bright.
John Joseph Minardi
As scripted by Hugo Butler and Jean Rouverol with music by Frank de Vol and photographed by Joseph Biroc, "The Legend of Lylah Clare" is no exception.
V. Risoli
I may be wrong, but I doubt anyone involved with the making of this 1968 film had any idea of the mess they were making.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on October 30, 2011
Format: DVD
Fans have been waiting years for "The Legend of Lylah Clare" to arrive on DVD. Warner Archive finally comes through with a beautifully restored, widescreen release (Sorry, NO Subtitles) of this overlooked 1968 indictment of Hollywood and the people who make the movies and make or break the stars. (NOTE: Check the Images section of this product for the screen grabs I posted). Directed by grand-guignol master Robert Aldrich ("Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte"), the film tries for the same gothic atmosphere, but doesn't quite achieve it, with it's psychadelic colors, fuzz guitars on the soundtrack and lightning-fast dialogue not as well-suited to the genre.

Kim Novak plays a dual role as mousy but headstrong budding actress Elsa Campbell, who is plucked from obscurity by agent Milton Selzer and presented to has-been director Peter Finch because she resembles the dead 1940s movie queen of the title. At first Finch is reluctant to meet her, but quickly changes his mind when Elsa begins to eerily channel Lylah while viewing her old films. It becomes clear that Finch and Selzer will direct and produce a new biopic about the late star. It's never explained or acknowledged in the script whether Elsa's supposed to be possessed by Lylah's spirit, but the script moves things along quickly, we as the audience don't really question it either.

Predictably, Finch becomes increasingly obsessed with molding Elsa into Lylah's image to recreate the past. The film's highlight is a press conference in which Elsa is introduced and there are clever camera angles used so that we the viewer don't get to see Novak's transformation until she descends the imposing staircase where the original Lylah met her demise years ago.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Risoli on November 12, 2011
Format: DVD
Warner Archive has once again done it. They have released a more than 40 year old film with a stunningly beautiful remastered DVD edition that has not looked as good in rich Metrocolor since I saw it in a New York City theater upon initial release in 1968. I still have never seen the original TV play by Robert Thom and Edward de Blasio that starred Tuesday Weld. Was it the same Robert Thom who wrote "Wild in the Streets" and other AIP hits? The theatrical film stars Kim Novak, Peter Finch, Ernest Borgnine, Coral Browne, Milton Seltzer and Rosella Falk and was directed by Robert Aldrich who brought us "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte", "The Killing of Sister George" but also "The Dirty Dozen." His films are heavy-handed, sometimes brilliant and always entertaining. As scripted by Hugo Butler and Jean Rouverol with music by Frank de Vol and photographed by Joseph Biroc, "The Legend of Lylah Clare" is no exception. It is a campy, somewhat melodramatic and cynical examination of tinseltown. Warner Archive should be congratulated once again for bringing this overlooked film to home video, bringing their increasing finesse to the technology and becoming even more affordable. Includes a trailer. There are a few imperfections, but again this film is over 40 years old with otherwise bravura restoration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Joseph Minardi on February 23, 2012
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Omg....what a great camp classic. People have said this is Kim Novak's worst performance, (it's actually her last leading role in a feature), but I think people are taking the movie too seriously. It' been said the studio upon viewing the movie for the first time, didn't know how to take it, then decided to sell it as camp. There is no doubt in my mind that this movie was made from the start with that in mind. Maybe some of the actors involved didn't know it at the time of shooting, but that's the brilliance of it. Kim had to be in on the joke though, her performance is high camp style at it's best. When she does her wicked laugh, it is f'ing laugh out loud hilarious.
Lylah Clare (Kim Novak) is a dead film star. Movie-producer Barney Sheean (Ernest Borgnine) hires Elsa Brinkmann (Kim Novak), the living image of the late Lylah, to star in a film based on Ms. Clare's life. Barney hires director Lewis Zarkan (Peter Finch), Lylah's former husband, to transform the talentless Elsa into a facsimile of the deceased screen queen.
This color print from Warner Archive is really crisp, and bright.
There is a drinking game to be made from this movie, I just haven't figured it out yet.
Really fun, campy movie about Hollywood, but please, watch it with tongue firmly plated in cheek.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bearlight on August 1, 2012
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I love this film for all of the wrong reasons. The best way to describe it is "pure camp." This movie is touted on cable channels as a "guilty pleasure," and that it is. I may be wrong, but I doubt anyone involved with the making of this 1968 film had any idea of the mess they were making. It is supposed to be a thriller that goes nowhere, but that does not matter. I have such a good time watching Kim Novak in that stiff wig they saddled her with that I kind of feel sorry for her. I'm glad she redeemed herself in most of her other movies. If you appreciate camp, this is one to rent. The Legend Of Lylah Clare
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By Thom mykel on March 30, 2014
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I love KIM NOVAK and no matter the quality of the film i will always root for this great super star LEGEND of the silver screen of a bi-gone era and still beautiful in her early 80's she's such a real person I could listen to her all day talking about Hollywood and her career , thing is she has a life beyond the screen image ( SHE'S JUST SO NICE ).
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