The Loved One (1965)
In this film, based on Evelyn Waugh's darkly comic novel, innocent British poet Robert Morse falls in love with funeral-home cosmetician Anjanette Comer, who in turn is loved by a prissy funeral director. The latter lives with his obese mother. A huge guest-star cast is headed by Jonathan Winters.
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Critic Reviews for The Loved One
Misfire spoof on LA's funeral industry, American greed and Brits in Hollywood.
Perhaps the only way to enjoy it is to accept that saying something offensive is better than saying nothing at all. The Evelyn Waugh who wrote The Loved One might have agreed with that, at any rate.
As tame as it is lame...The only thing that offended me about this movie is how it wasted two hours of my life.
...it tries to cover too much ground with too much material that is simply too obvious and too unfunny.
its humors are unorganized and it can easily seem desperate and dumb
Based on Evelyn Waugh's personal novel about his epxeriences when he came to the U.S. about MGM filming BRIDESHEAD REVISITED. It's his take on the English colony at the time. For more info., see Boo Allen's doctoral dissertation on Waugh.
Provided comedian Jonathan Winters with the only good turn the movies ever afforded him.
A wonderfully, witty satire, with Steiger's performance a riot.
Audience Reviews for The Loved One
Definitely not for everyone. Pitch black comedy with good acting and some trenchant observations will be loved by some and hated by many but it is certainly unique.More
A very, very funny film featuring everyone famous in 1964. Irreverent and scandalous (at least for the time). The cameo by Liberace is to die for! If you're in a retro mood and ready for a brouhaha that would knock Amy Semple McPherson on her righteous back, see "The Loved One"!More
Evelyn Waugh's clever and at times scathing look at both the film and funeral industries.
I find the idea ammusing that the whole concept for the novel on which this film is based, sprung from Waugh's brief experience in Los Angeles while trying to get a film version of Brideshead Revisited put together, Legend has it that he was so taken aback by his experience with the film indurtry and of attending just ONE Hollywood style funeral (with all of it's trappings) that he had to write about it. Thanks goodness he did as the results are hilarious.
Written as only Evelyn Waugh can write, we are forced to step back and really take a look at the absurdities of certain people, places and social interactions. With very ammusing results.
This was my first time seeing Jonathan Winters in a (mostly) serious role and he was quite good. A young Robert Morse (of Mad Men fame) is superb as the lovable, but bumbling Englishman trying to make sense of it all. And Rod Steiger performance as Mr. Loveboy is beyond discription. There are also cameo's galore throuhout the film.
It does suffer a bit from some of the trappings of an "older" film, but for those who appreciate film and literary history...you're in for a treat.
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