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A Safe Place (1971)

A Safe Place (1971)

A Safe Place





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This movie is told from the point of view of Susan (Tuesday Weld), a fantasy-prone New Yorker who can't seem to settle on a reality to be in. She visits Central Park often and keeps running into a magician (Orson Welles) who is not precisely the same person each time. Finding herself in an imaginary playroom, her "safe place," at various times, she relives the past and imagines the future. The only thing that's clear about the present is that she cannot sustain interest in it or in her very nice boyfriend (Philip Proctor). She prefers the attentions of devil-may-care Mitch (Jack Nicholson). Opinion about this film was so divided when it was shown at the New York Film Festival in 1971 that the audience broke out into shouting matches which nearly led to a brawl. One highlight of the film is the wide assortment of popular music in its soundtrack.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Henry Jaglom
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On DVD: Feb 13, 2012
Columbia Pictures


Tuesday Weld
as Susan / Noah
Orson Welles
as The Magician
Barbara Flood
as the Friend
Roger Garrett
as the Friend
Jordon Hahn
as the Friend
Francesca Hilton
as the Friend
Julie Robinson
as the Friend
Rhonda Alfaro
as Little Girl in Rowbo...
Sylvia Zapp
as Susan age 5
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Another very good Tuesday Weld performance lost in a very muddled disconnected movie.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Another head-scratch inducing film from the BBS library. I think I wrapped my head around it and it turns out it's just one of those weird plays you got dragged to in college trying to impress a hip girl you wanted to date. I felt nothing for Tuesday Weld and her plight which basically focuses on trying to figure out what kind of person that she wanted to be all the while not wanting to grow up. Boo-hoo. These are the type of films that make me hate the entire movement of hippies.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer


Very strange film...comes off like a rough student project from someone who recently saw "Last Year at Marienbad" for the first time. One gets the impression that five or six extended improvisations were shot, and director Jaglom chopped them up, intertwined portions across the film's duration and chose certain bits to naggingly repeat. Tuesday Weld smiles, laughs, and philosophizes like a daydreaming child. Orson Welles -- with a awkward foreign accent -- does magic in the park, paternally cuddles with Weld and holds onto hopes of making things disappear with a word. The Firesign Theatre's Phil Proctor is a dull, passive-aggressive schmuck who fails to win Weld's heart by endlessly trying to think of world cities which span his love for her. Jack Nicholson (whose role is probably not substantial enough to satisfy curious fans) drops in, acts rakish and aims to steal Weld from Proctor. Scratchy torch ballads (mostly French) dawdle throughout the score, serving as aimless backdrop for the montages. As the credits rolled, I realized that I couldn't remember why Weld's character had been called both "Noah" and "Susan." It's that sort of movie.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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