Morgan! (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment) (1966)
as Leonie Delt
as Morgan Delt
as Charles Napier
as Mrs. Delt
as Mr. Henderson
as Mrs. Henderson
as Best Man
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Critic Reviews for Morgan! (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment)
Director Reisz sustains the free-flowing tone with cinematic stunt work.
Instead of providing the subtle, gradually disintegrating character of Morgan, Reisz dwells on the comedic aspects of each prank, cunningly milked for maximum yaks, in the process ceding any hope of the observer taking Morgan seriously.
Morgan sticks in the memory as a collection of funny moments, with the fatal habit (shared by If..., among others) of confronting issues, then farting around when the going gets rough.
Not since Alec Guinness played Gulley Jimson in The Horse's Mouth and vitalized that sly bohemian scapegrace with charm and poignancy have we seen an artistic nonconformist as wild as David Warner's Morgan Delt.
The jumpy cutting and mannered visuals date it very badly now, though Vanessa Redgrave (in her movie debut) is high compensation.
Audience Reviews for Morgan! (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment)
It is a cult favourite from the sixties but I find the humour to be dated with a bit of a superficial feel to the case of the mentally disturbed.
Marvelously twisted, "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment" is a tale of a boyish eccentric (David Warner) who's oddly consumed with three subjects: his estranged wife Leonie (Oscar-nominated Vanessa Redgrave), jungle beasts and communism. He adds hammer-and-sickle emblems wherever he can, can't help associating random human behavior with similar animal activity and intensely plots to win back Leonie's love. None of these obsessions draw him much favor, however, and his artist's temperament begins to cross the line between whimsy and genuine dementia. Much of the film's charm derives from the playful chemistry between Morgan and Leonie -- Leonie is resolved to drop him for her own good, but also can't hide her delight at his uninhibited, daredevil mischief. Redgrave perfectly captures these mixed feelings in her first major role, while also managing to be exquisitely sexy. Otherwise, Morgan's courtship hijinks -- typically involving him sabotaging the flat Leonie shares with her uptight new fiance Charles (Robert Stephens) -- are lots of fun. In one of the wildest scenes, Morgan rigs the apartment with loudspeakers to blast music and sound effects as the couple start to make love. "Morgan"'s New Wave affectations and washed-out, black-and-white cinematography are somewhat dated (it looks even older than it is), but this is one of the decade's great cult movies.
*** (out of four) A funny and very biazarre Britsh comedy that helped promote the new avante garde cinema that emerging in London in 1966. Morgan is devistated by the being left by his wife, played by Vanessa a Redgrave in her Oscar nominated performance. She intends to marry someone who is a bit more normal. Morgan tries everything to win her back, even dressing as his hero, King King. There's really nothing else out there like this. It is strange and unpredicatble and manages to be very funny.
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