Making Love Reviews
So it is doubly ironic that director Arthur Hiller has presented an almost utopic world populated by attractive, entirely pleasant characters who don't seem to exist in the same world as the rest of us. So important it is to Hiller that our characters remain sympathetic and likable that the film happily skims through what must be the most traumatic discovery any man or woman could fathom in a relationship. Michael Ontkean's Zach is perfectly generic, and perfectly likeable - a doctor in a beautiful large home and a beautiful wife. What could possibly be wrong? Enter Bart (played by Harry Hamlin) who is happily single and happily promiscuous - a foil to our very monogamous and suddenly very self assured lead. Kate Jackson plays Claire with heartbreaking naivete, and speaks her painfully trite lines with such ease and whimsy one even forgets that the film was made right at the brink of the AIDS epidemic when homophobia was rife, and still largely taboo. You wouldn't think it seeing this picture. Against the backdrop of when this film was produced, you wouldn't be far off if you thought this film was more science fiction than drama.
The film's strength, in bringing positive images of homosexuality onto the mainstream cinema screens, is ironically also its weakness as it sets its characters up against cringeworthy dialogue, soap opera type melodrama, petty contrivances and a drippy score by Leonard Rosenman played ad nauseam. Coupled with incongruently glib performances, and a painfully trite story-telling device of propping characters in direct address against a sentient netherworld narrating personal reflections, Making Love plucks this gritty subject matter out of the streets of reality and plops them in the world of fantasy. This power to imagine a utopic world sans judgment would be commendable if it didn't also shy away from the depths of its interpersonal relationships. Indeed throughout the film, Claire never once displays any curiosity about who Zach had been seeing. As it turns out, the film goes through a similar trajectory as Zach - it is similarly plagued by an intellectual dishonesty.
Here in America, NPR (NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO) LOVES GAY PEOPLE and LOVES GAY-rights and GAY films and GAY Literature.
MAKING LOVE is a pro-"gay movie" about a married doctor who feels repressed attraction for men and eventually starts going-out with one of his patients who eventually seduces the doctor into "going" all-out gay.
MAKING LOVE is totally CRAZY but it is one of the first feature A-List films to be "pro-gay" where The Guy even ends-up "running-off" with a Gay Lover without "being punished" (some movies usually seem "pro-gay" up to a point but then the gay man is eventually brought to ruin).
Probably one of the best cinematic shots I've ever seen is the last camera angle in MAKING LOVE: the ex-wife and the gay-guy are saying their good-byes and as they finish the camera pulls back to show the gay-guy driving off into the distance to the right of the frame and the ex-wife walking up her driveway and into her home and her new family to the left of the frame . . . CINEMATOGRAPHICALLY speaking that shot says it all:
The ex-wife and the gay-guy's story together is complete (in the end; the ex-wife returns home and the gay-guy heads over the event-horizon [to New York City] never to be seen again).
Based on THAT (aforementioned) SHOT (described above) alone, MAKING LOVE is a 100% .
Speaking of NPR (National Public Radio), "they" featured a female-rap artist on one of their programs and said "they" couldn't remember when the was another female rap artist. NPR always claims its so very intelligent and knowledgeable of all subjects but when it comes to DIVERSE people and DIVERSE music-forms and politics NPR (National Public Radio) continually reveals that is full of crap.
NPR says "no" previous female rap artists (actually that it "can't remember) female rap artists:
What about QUEEN LATIFA,
THE REAL ROXANNE,
And others . . .
NPR totally discounts anything and everything non-white here in America yet it calls itself National Public Radio even when NPR doesn't equally or fairly represent the true "diverse-ness" of our beloved United States of America.
Just because, for 20 or so years "white America" abdicated the vitality of RAP MUSIC doesn't mean rap music should still continue to be dis counted but the likes of NPR (National Public Radio) where 84% of its listeners (in 2006) are white people belonging to country clubs of some kind.
NPR is BULLSHIT!!!!! But MAKING LOVE is a total "NPR-FILM" for sure.
And I guess I must like NPR because I sure know a lot about it and keep talking endlessly about how full of crap NPR is.
of my personal feelings. I have this
filmdrama seen in the cinema on June 16,
1982. This film has help that I did
coming-out. I could buy this film in 2009.
Between 1982 to 2009 I have searched
to this coming-out filmdrama all around in
Europe. Everytime I became the answer:
"NO". Internet is something wonderful,
it has also help to look in Amazon's shop.
And "YES", there was "MY" film on DVD.
When I could rate with 10 stars, I did it!!
The idea for this film was very groundbreaking in 1982. Too bad the result isn't nearly so bold as its setup.
Kate Jackson is a woman who learns that her husband has been unfaithful to her with another man.
Good performances from Jackson, Michael Ontkean, and Harry Hamblin, but they get lost. A real, though-provoking drama could have been made here, but director Arthur Hiller chickens out and delivers a whitewashed melodrama.