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A Safe Place

Tuesday Weld is the child-like woman in whose silly pussycat consciousness the backward, forward, now it's now, now it isn't now action takes place. In her one clear decision she is casually cruel to the young man (Philip Proctor) who adores her while receptive to the curiously charming drop-by-without-calling stud played by Jack Nicholson.

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Tuesday Weld Orson Welles Jack Nicholson Philip Proctor Gwen Welles Dov Lawrence

Tuesday Weld is the child-like woman in whose silly pussycat consciousness the backward, forward, now it’s now, now it isn’t now action takes place. In her one clear decision she is casually cruel to the young man (Philip Proctor) who adores her while receptive to the curiously charming drop-by-without-calling stud played by Jack Nicholson.

Weld has many scenes in the park with an itinerant magician, supposedly a father image. Of the many weirdo roles played in his time by Orson Welles this may be the prize example.

Unrelated to the story in Weld’s head is hippie girl’s rambling account of her feelings adroitly soliloquized by Gwen Welles. This is rather touching, quite lucid and uninterrupted, though wildly neurotic.

All this deliberate experimentation puts a heavy burden upon the viewer. Hardly a scene is fully played out, hardly an explanation provided. It would seem that writer-director Henry Jaglom has plunged in over his own depth. It is like a gymnastic symphony conductor over-personalizing the music.

A Safe Place

Production: BBS/Columbia. Director Henry Jaglom; Producer Bert Schneider; Screenplay Henry Jaglom; Camera Dick Kratina; Editor Pieter Bergema

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Tuesday Weld Orson Welles Jack Nicholson Philip Proctor Gwen Welles Dov Lawrence

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