The Last Tycoon (1976)
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as Monroe Stahr
as Pat Brady
as Kathleen Moore
as Red Ridingwood
as Cecilia Brady
as Stahr's Secretary
as Seal Trainer
as Brady's Secretary
as Brady's Secretary
as Mrs. Rodriguez
as Assistant Editor
as Lady in Restaurant
as Girl on Beach
Critic Reviews for The Last Tycoon
Producer Sam Spiegel's contribution is admirable, but Elia Kazan's direction of the Pinter plot seems unfocussed though craftsmanlike. Robert De Niro's performance as the inscrutable boy-wonder of films is mildly intriguing.
De Niro proves again how well he can carry a part, and is particularly good in scenes dealing with the day-to-day business of movie-making.
The movie is full of echoes. We watch it as if at a far remove from what's happening, but that too is appropriate: Fitzgerald was writing history as it happened.
Elia Kazan now admits that he directed this adaptation, his last Hollywood film, for the money. Unfortunately, it looks it.
The Last Tycoon is an intriguing entry to the period gangster genre that depicts the weight of triad influence in 1930s Shanghai at the cusp of war with an invading Japan.
Audience Reviews for The Last Tycoon
While itâ€™s not Elia Kazanâ€™s usual style, itâ€™s a very interesting story with a lot to offer. You can instantaneously feel that itâ€™s incomplete and fragmented, but it works with Robert De Niroâ€™s performance as Stahr. This has great performances from everyone and itâ€™s got a nice critique about Hollywood and movie making, but it never really answers any of the questions it asks. This is about as much as you can expect though, considering the circumstances, and nothing to be ashamed of.
I've read a lot of reviews that complain about this film's "glacial pace", but if I may be so bold, I think a lot of people are misplacing their criticism. If anything, the film moves forward a little too quickly and sheds some crucial character insight in the process. However, I was pleased with the movie's tonal approach of distance, and the atmosphere of quiet sadness it established. This is a withdrawn piece that speaks very little at times and expects a lot from the audience. The direction, writing and performances all serve towards its languid essence and the result is a respectably executed movie that falls short of the greatness it could have achieved. Robert De Niro's lead performance is exciting to watch - a sketch of a character with a lot of texture that we never quite get a grasp of. His brief moments with Jack Nicholson make this film worth a watch alone. Watching those two screen legends feed off each other made me a happy viewer. This isn't a film I would recommend to many people, but I enjoyed it extensively and I presume it's something I'll revisit at least once.
With a cast like this there is no way this should be the snoozefest it is. Moves at a glacial place to no real resolution.
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