The Loved One
The motion picture with something to offend everyone.
Newly arrived in Hollywood from England, Dennis Barlow finds he has to arrange his uncle's interment at the highly-organised and very profitable Whispering Glades funeral parlour. His fancy is caught by one of their cosmeticians, Aimee Thanatogenos. But he has three problems - the strict rules of owner Blessed Reverand Glenworthy, the rivalry of embalmer Mr Joyboy, and the shame of now working himself at The Happy Hunting Ground pets' memorial home.
Amusing black comedy/satire, but not the laugh riot you'd expect from the people involved.
Currently #2 on my personal WTF satires list.
One of the darkest comedies I've ever seen. It's a wonder it got made when it did, with characters that are cynical jerks or incredibly damaged people, and an ending that doesn't back down. With Jonathan Winters at his scariest, a gloriously wacky Rod Steiger and Liberace as an especially knowledgeable coffin salesman.
A black comedy of the type that brought us Dr Strangelove the previous year, this 1965 film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's book doesn't quite rise to the level of the Kubrick classic. Like me, you may have never heard of it. But a film by Tony Richardson with a British and American cast including Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters (two roles!), Robert Morley, James Coburn, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowell, Paul Williams, Rod Steiger and *Liberace*! Well, that at least deserves one look. It is an odd film and not to everybody's tastes. For example, the movie's tagline was "something to offend everybody". Watch for a fleeting cameo by Jamie Farr. I suspect the folks who brought us the movie Mash in 1970 had seen this film.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Decent adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novelette. And by "decent" I mean "lacking in all the humor and creativity that Richardson brought to Tom Jones!" But Jonathan Winters is worth watching for anything, anywhere. If anything, the world needs a first-rate adaptation of Waugh's best and most hilarious book, Scoop.