Mary Poppins Returns
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Burt Lancaster delivers a firm, sincere, persuasive and unaffected performance.
Flawed but fascinating.
One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope.
John Cassavetes takes a shot at straight commercial filmmaking (1963), and the results are a little wide of the mark.
A Child is Waiting takes the tough line that love, however devoted, isn't enough, may indeed be harmful if it's not allied with respect for the handicapped child as a person, a person with duties and responsibilities to others and a person's social place.
John Cassavetes's attempt at commercial cinema is uncharacteristically conventional and sentimental melodrama, but it contains some emotional sequences between Judy Garland and the mentally challenged children.
This film draws from the social stance of a Stanley Kramer and the institutional approach of a Frederick Wiseman and rises above their judgmental attitudes to produce a wonderfully provocative and sympathetic film.
The film ran into trouble with Cassavetes's attempt to bring his unconventional improvisational style to the shoot.
Garland is moving in rare dramatic role.
Taken away from Cassavetes by not very nice producer Kramer for some Hollywood-style re-editing, this is nevertheless clearly the work of one of cinema's greatest talents.
well intentioned and earnest, but keeps you at a distance
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