David and Lisa (1962)
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This stark and spare look at the world of the mentally disturbed was one of the beacons of the new American independent film movement. Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin star as two adolescents who make contact with each other in a home for disturbed youngsters. Dullea is David Clemens, who is placed in the home by his mother because of his constant fear of being touched. Margolin is Lisa, a 15-year-old schizophrenic who speaks only in rhyme, when she speaks at all. David rejects the help of
Jan 1, 1962 Limited
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[Frank Perry] has done a simple, commendable, sympathetic semi-documentary.
The understated charm of David and Lisa is what set the movie apart from so many other attempts at depicting the problems of the mentally ill.
Frank Perry's soft, romanticized look at two misfits in an asylumn, played by the attractive Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin, this early indie film became a campus favorite in the 1960s and led the way to the rise of independent cinema in the 1970s.
Margolin and Dullea are two underrated actors who are brilliant in this 'love at the mental home' movie
Audience Reviews for David and Lisa
- Dr. Swinford: We can't add to the time allotted to us, we can't even add a second to it. All we can do is be alive in it. Alive! Not numb inside. We take a chance when we open up and love another person.
- David Clemens: Time goes on and on, we can't stop it! It never stops! Second by second, minute by minute, it's cutting off our heads! It starts the minute we're born and just keeps on going. There's nothing we can do about it. You're gonna die, Alan. Do you know you're going to die?
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