|SOMEONE TO LOVE (director/writer: Henry Jaglom; cinematographer: Hanania Baer; editor: Henry Jaglom; cast: Henry Jaglom (Danny Sapir), Orson Welles (Himself), Ojar Kodar (Yelena), Michael Emil (Mickey Sapir), Sally Kellerman (Edith Helm), Stephen Bishop (Blue), David Frishberg (Harry), Andrea Marcovicci (Helen Eugene), Miles Kreuger (Theater Manager); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: R; producer: M. H. Simonson; International Rainbow Picture; 1987)|
|"It gets its gravitas from the
presence of Orson Welles' wise man. This was
the legendary star's last acting gig."
by Dennis Schwartz
Jaglom ("Always"/"Eating"/"Can She Bake
A Cherry Pie?") is director, writer, editor and star
of this at times interesting experimental
documentary-like comedy about searching for answers
about loneliness among an assorted bunch of
middle-aged Hollywood types. Its novel way of
film-making has the loosely scripted story revolve
around confessional interviews among theater guests
who are asked "Why are you alone?" The plotless and
uneven film is only occasionally on target for its
sociological quest, more often its observations are
superficial, its broad theme only loosely covered and
its romantic sensibilities are too sentimental. It
gets its gravitas from the presence of Orson Welles'
wise man. This was the legendary star's last acting
gig, who died in 1985-two years after the low-budget
film was released.
off-putting, extremely nervous, crass, loquacious but
shy with the ladies East Coast real estate developer
Mickey Sapir (Michael Emil, real-life brother of
Jaglom) makes his annual visit to LA to see his
Hollywood film director brother Danny Sapir (Henry
Jaglom). After learning his brother bought real estate
that includes Santa Monica's famous Mayfair Theater,
which will shortly be owned by new investors who
intend to knock it down for a shopping mall, Danny
sends telegrams to only his Hollywood friends who are
alone on Valentine's Day and invites them to the
theater without revealing his intentions to interview
them about living alone. Once there Danny turns the
camera on them, upsetting some, and they answer why
they are alone. Orson, addressed as Danny's friend,
sits unnoticed in the balcony and observes.
plays himself, as the frustrated director because his
cabaret singer girlfriend Helen (Andrea Marcovicci),
who will tell her lady friend how to play one-man
Scrabble, refuses to commit to a serious relationship.
None of the other so-called lonely hearts have much to
say that isn't self-indulgent, and they include
estranged from hubby famous movie star Sally
Kellerman, jazz pianist-songwriter David Frishberg and
the sophisticated Yugoslavian non-actress Ojar Kodar.
A likable Orson appears at the conclusion to mop
things up and pontificate about not worrying about
things, that we are alone even if we find love because
it's only an illusion to think we are not alone.
wasn't moved and don't think I learned a thing about
love or loneliness from this serio-comic
psycho-drama, but I applaud the filmmakers
attempt to try something different as to how a film
can be made and got a kick out of Orson's robust laugh
and sincere attempt to see if Jaglom found an
innovative way to film.
REVIEWED ON 5/30/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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