|LION'S LOVE (director/writer: Agnes Varda; cinematographer: Stefan Larner; editor: Robert Dalva ; music: Joseph Byrd; cast: Viva, Jerome Ragni, James Rado, Shirley Clarke, Carlos Clarens, Eddie Constantine, Hal Landers, Peter Bogdanovich; Runtime: 115; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Agnes Varda; Max L. Raab; 1969-France-in French with English subtitles)|
|"Nothing great emerges, but the
free-form drama has many loopy moments and
is very funny."
by Dennis Schwartz
Agnes Varda ("Cleo from 5 to
7"/"Vagabond"/"The Gleaners and I") avant-garde film
is less like French New Wave and more like Andy Warhol
or John Waters. It offers Varda's weird look at
Hollywood, where actors were once referred to as
a rented Hollywood hilltop home and locked into a ménage
à trois relationship are Viva, the Andy Warhol
superstar, and Jim Rado and Jerry
Ragni, the creators of the musical, Hair.
Experimental indie filmmaker Shirley Clarke
arrives from New York, decked out in sunglasses and a
loud floppy costume, to make a documentary on the
alternative styled trio during her week visit. Clarke
offers amusing diatribes on film producers (who pull
the plug on her doc) and Bobby Kennedy. Everyone plays
themselves and gets a chance to say in their own words
whatever about the banality or myth of Hollywood.
Other Hollywood luminaries make brief appearances,
adding their two cents yo the plotless story.
great emerges, but the free-form drama has many loopy
moments and is very funny. When the actors are
spontaneous the film has a nice flow, when they utter
Varda's scripted dialogue the film stiffens. The blend
of fiction and documentary gives the film a
quirky uniqueness, as Varda shows her great
film-making skills by making such a slap-dash film
film's most solid quote has Shirley declaiming: "I
don't know whether I'm in a movie or directing one."
REVIEWED ON 2/23/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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