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Everyone needs to be loved - sometime or another.
The concurrent sexual lives of best friends Jonathan and Sandy are presented, those lives which are affected by the sexual mores of the time and their own temperament, especially in relation to the respective women who end up in their lives.
Well, damn, they don't really make 'em like this anymore, do they?
While the plot to this film is virtually non-existent, with the film simply spanning 25 years in the lives of two college friends with extra focus on the women that come and go in their lives - what the film tries to do is incredibly ambitious. It's not very subtle at times, but I found it fascinating to be given an insight into how these two characters look at intimacy between people, and how these feelings change over the years. The film explores difficult psychological processes in a really honest way. I thought it was extraordinary how, without hammering it home, it highlights so many different views on…
I must confess: I don't much like Jack Nicholson. Well, his movies/acting, I suppose. I always have to be convinced to like them as I watch them, rather than going into them with the expectation of enjoyment. Knowing he is in a film makes me skeptical about it. In this particular film, his performance is neither distractingly hammy (most of his later career) nor nuanced (The Passenger), and therefore, I remained unconvinced. It's a flaw, this default prejudice, but I am trying to own it.
The film depicts two men who both treat women as objects in their own ways. Nicholson's character embodies confident misogyny while Art Garfunkel's (I know, right) character is a shy, nerdish sort. Both have unrealistic…
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Some more people really need to give some love to this great movie from the late Mike Nichols. He will be missed.
Twin portraits, framed by POV confessionals, of corroded male sexuality. Nicholson's wannabe lothario is blustering, broken; "tell me my thoughts" becomes focal point of his inability to be emotionally understood, thought of that way. Garfunkel is possibly the most odious character in the movie; sensitive, passive, willing to mold himself to the other, but needy and desperate in a way that's unctuous. The film is funny in a toxic sort of way, and then becomes personal in a way that's worse. Nichols stays out of the way mostly, electing to frame for psychological acuity, not pictorial pleasure, but he somehow finds meaningful compositions regardless (Ann-Margret's far-off stare framed with her head in the low-right corner, unknowable to us and to the other characters).
Film #46 of the December Challenge 2
''Why don't you leave me?... For God's sake, I'd almost marry you if you'd leave me.''
Damn, Mike Nichols knows his way around a cynical romantic drama. 'Carnal Knowledge' didn't completely win me over but there was more I liked about than I disliked about it.
The writing is good with some hard hitting and thought provoking dialogue. Jack Nicholson is his usual self (AKA: Great) and Ann-Margaret is excellent. 'Carnal Knowledge' is a good drama, it doesn't reach any new heights but it's worth watching.
Well-acted, but the 2 central male characters are so self-absorbed, they become unlikable.
I've seen a good 5 Mike Nichols films, but this early feature of his kind of turned me off simply because of its title and premise. It didn't seem to really have anything intelligent or entertaining on its agenda, but I decided to try it anyway. It ended up being an occasionally amusing relationship study of two guys who are looking for the right girl, both with different mindsets of the world and both with different long-term goals for their girls.
Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel gave it their all, and it was thoughtful or mildly humorous at times, but man, did this ever seem dull. So many talking heads, sometimes shot or framed interestingly, but ultimately talking about nothing…
What a loss mike Nichols is...The graduate, Carnal knowledge, Closer..and incredibly ruthless and understanding look at the human condition. One each decade, what a body of work
Director Mike Nichols sadly passed away recently. I saw this as a belated tribute to him. Thankfully, it's a really good one. Two young college friends each share their respective sexual exploits and relationship troubles. Despite being set in the 1960's/1970's, the film surprisingly does not feel the least bit dated. It feels modern and relevant even to this day. The excellent cinematography courtesy of Giuseppe Rotunno makes this rather talky film cinematically vibrant. The performances of the four main actors (Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margaret - who's so fucking hot in this movie, by the way) are all terrific.
Arty Mike Nichols film is interesting for its psychological insight into the male mindset in the context of relationships with both sexes, and must have been more so at the time of its release. But it is also very alluring for the way the actors interact in Giuseppe Rotunno's carefully lit compositions. Silences become just as important as dialogues in the narrative. The lives of the protagonists, especially Jack Nicholson's "Jonathan", serve as a sort of catwalk upon which the women on screen are displayed, some with more complexity than others, and shown to influence their behaviors. But just as important is the way the two men relate to one another through an unspoken bond of power, affection and maybe even sublimated desire. Nicholson is good, but Candice Bergen's strong, sustained performance is a retrospective eye opener, and makes me want to see more of her early work. Ann-Margret and Rita Moreno also provide wonderful turns.
le donne di due amici nel tempo: jack nicholson (giovane!) e garfunkel (goffo pupazzo)
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Nichols sure knew how to make people feel bad, eh?
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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