Once is Not Enough
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She's great when she's obviously in love with her own father (but she doesn't realize this until the very last minute of the movie, and instead of a psychic shock, she evinces only a typically cat-like smile, as though a pleasant memory were running somewhere in her mind). I love her playing the newbie to Brenda Vaccaro's Manhattan media slut. She can't believe how vulgar Vaccaro is, and yet she seems to delight in it, Vaccaro's sex talk brings her alive in a way nothing else seems to.
I love her as the stepdaughter of the jealous, Lesbian stepmother "Dee," played by Alexis Smith with a small arsenal of oversized, elegant coups de theatre. Smith is ludicrous as Dee, and even though she not's young like Raffin, you manage to appreciate her performance in just the same way. It's as if both Smith and Raffin believe somehow they're acting in a Eugene O'Neill drama--they're giving it everything they've got, which in Raffin's case is "not much" and in Smith's case it's "everything but the kitchen sink." All Kirk Douglas can do under the circumstances is duck.
It sounds as though I'm ascribing an element of camp to these two performances, but I'm not.Read more ›
The film starts out promisingly enough with Kirk Douglas as a down and out filmmaker willing to do anything for the light and love of his life, his daughter January (Deborah Raffin, alternately charming and annoying). He marries a wealthy acquaintance, the terrific Alexis Smith, in a business arrangement to secure his daughter's future. Disturbingly, Douglas and Raffin are as close and co-dependent as any father-daughter team can be. A smarmy George Hamilton is on hand as a possible suitor for Raffin, and a man hungry Brenda Vaccaro camps it up as Raffin's friend and employer (although for the life of me, I could never figure out why she was getting a paycheck). I genuinely enjoyed the beginning and set-up of "Once Is Not Enough," but when Raffin meets David Janssen--its all over. Raffin romances Janssen (an older man--she does have daddy issues--that despises her father) and the film turns a bit too earnest for its own good.
I didn't hate "Once Is Not Enough.Read more ›
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Great to see a nice wide screen transfer of this 'classic'. The cast is what makes it interesting, if not always successful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Trevor William Douglas
David Janssen and Brenda Vaccaro were great, but the rest of the movie was terrible...Published 13 months ago by Harry Train 3