End Of The Road
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Gives the viewer the opportunity to fully understand the work cinematographer Gordon Willis did with colors and composition.
Avakian's sense of editing is prevalent here too.
Amazing performances by the leading actors and a great example of the strengths of Terry Southern's tragicomic prose.
Artistic cinema back then was supposed to be serious, even profound, and the cinematic style was considered "advanced" (many quick cuts). The narrative or story was of secondary importance, and the screenplay often seemed strongly influenced by the plays of Samuel Beckett.
Usually, there were scenes that were considered "shocking" or "daring," and this might include brief nudity.
End of the Road is such a film, but as such, it seems horribly dated and clichéd. Many of the scenes take place in a mental hospital under the control of a mad psychiatrist. The inmates act like crazy people are supposed to act: totally bizarre. One man is raping a live chicken. Another (I think that's Terry Southern) crawls around and barks like a dog. (There's also a scene featuring Terry's long-time companion, the late Gail Gibson.)
I presume that your interest in this movie is due to your admiration for the work of Terry Southern, and this is the last movie he wrote (along with two other writers) in which he had any control over the production. But none of the wit of Southern's fine novels is apparent here. I noticed nothing humorous, unless you'd consider the scene of a naked man raping a chicken to be hilarious.
Nor is Southern's gift for natural dialogue evident.Read more ›
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