EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|APPOINTMENT, THE (director: Sidney Lumet; screenwriters: James Salter/from the story by Antonio Leonviola; cinematographer: Carlo Di Palma; editor: Thelma Connell; music: John Barry; cast: Omar Sharif (Federico Fendi), Anouk Aimee (Carla), Lotte Lenya (Emma Valadier), Fausto Tozzi (Renzo), Didi Perego (Nanny), Ennio Balbo (Ugo Perino); Runtime: 115; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Marty Poll; MGM; 1969)|
found it a chore to sit through such claptrap."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Another bomb for director Sidney Lumet ("Daniel"/"Gloria"/Running
on Empty"). It's based on the story by Antonio Leonviola, and is
written by James
Salter. Not much to this soaper, except it's trite,
dull and long.
Wealthy Rome lawyer Federico Fendi (Omar Sharif) falls in love
alluring fashion model Carla (Anouk
Aimee) and marries her despite warned by his best
friend and colleague,
her former fiance,
she works secretly as a high-priced call girl. The
Federico trails her, but never catches her in the act.
Carla commits suicide. It's then that hubby realizes
his neurotic wife
is innocent and he messed up a good thing by his
tragic melodrama was made worse by the stiff
performances. I found it a
chore to sit through such claptrap.
REVIEWED ON 5/13/2011 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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