Crucial inability of a film to get inside a character's head spells big trouble for I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can. Result here is that Jill Clayburgh's constantly center-stage character comes off as the 'pill-popping dingbat' she's called at one point, rather than as a fascinating lady with a major problem.

Crucial inability of a film to get inside a character’s head spells big trouble for I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can. Result here is that Jill Clayburgh’s constantly center-stage character comes off as the ‘pill-popping dingbat’ she’s called at one point, rather than as a fascinating lady with a major problem.

Based on Barbara Gordon’s popular autobiographical tome, screenplay minutely charts Clayburgh’s compulsive reliance on Valium, her disastrous effort to go cold turkey and her subsequent rehabilitation in an institution.

At the outset, Clayburgh is presented as a successful docu filmmaker for television. A little professional crisis presents itself. Pop goes a pill or two. A teeny tiff with b.f. Nicol Williamson. Down with another couple of blue tablets.

Only two members of the large supporting cast, Dianne Wiest and Geraldine Page, have any chance to develop their characters, and both do well.

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can

Production

Paramount. Director Jack Hofsiss; Producer Edgar J. Scherick, Scott Rudin; Screenplay David Rabe; Camera Jan de Bont; Editor Michael Bradsell; Music Stanley Silverman; Art Director David Jenkins

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Jill Clayburgh Nicol Williamson Dianne Wiest Joe Pesci Geraldine Page James Sutorius
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