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as Dr. Archie Bollen
as Mr. Danner
as Petulia Danner
as David Danner
as Motel Receptionist
as Mr. Howard
as Band Member
as Mr. Mendoza
as Mrs. Mendoza
Critic Reviews for Petulia
...an anti-The Graduate ... an essential film from and about America in the dying days of the '60s, yet the modernism of its style and ambitions makes Petulia impressively ahead of that time.
Jack-rabbiting technique embodies foreboding and dissonance rather than gimmicky whimsy
Innovative in narrative and style, Lester's dissection of mores and manners through marriages and affairs captures vividly the zeitgeist of the Summer of Love and the violent Vietnam War with brilliant turns from Julie Christie and George C. Scott.
Julie Christie in her Oscar role + Richard Lester direction. Enough said.
Petulia lives on with its vague curiosity and a genuine emotional sting.
Curious one-shot US film in the midst of Lester's British period
Audience Reviews for Petulia
Richard Lester's Petulia is a layered and mature work, but its opaqueness and cold demeanor make it difficult to enjoy.
I don't remember this movie well, but I can tell you that the summary on here is totally wrong. Look it up on imdb, that's the real summary. Anyway, this is another one of those love and divorce and affair related movies. Pretty average, from what I remember.
Sometimes you really don't know what to say about a movie other than "that was one of the goofiest exercises in cinema I have seen in a long time." The main story is constantly intercut with short clips of future, past, or random events, incongruous moments and locales pop up just to make you scratch your head, all the while involving you in a melodramatic-romantic-comedic-mystery! Reminiscent of Bunuel infused with a swinging '60s sensibility, would not be out of place as an aperitif during a David Lynch film festival either. Throw in some fantastic masterful camerawork by Nicolas Roeg and you've got an experience you won't soon forget, or sort out.
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