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AFS Essential Cinema – Blake Edwards & Julie Andrews: THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN
January 28, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
The “Love is a Two Way Street: Films of Blake Edwards & Julie Andrews” series has been programmed with and will be co-hosted by author Bryan Connolly (DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!). The series runs on Thursdays in January. For more information on the series or to buy series passes, visit: austinfilm.org/blakeedwards
Directed by Blake Edwards, USA, 1984, 35mm, 110 min
Blake Edwards adored Francois Truffaut’s 1977 film THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN and when the opportunity arose to “Americanize” the film with Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews he seized it. This film will probably not make anyone forget Truffaut’s original, but it does have some pure Blake Edwards magic in it. Reynolds plays a Lothario at the end of his rope spiritually and sexually. During his sessions with a psychoanalyst (Andrews), he recounts his Casanova-like adventures in love. Edwards deftly finds the comedy in the contradictions of this smug yet insecure ladies man’s behavior, and in one major interlude, reaches his surest key – it’s a sequence taking place in Texas where the aggressive wife (Kim Basinger) of an oil millionaire takes Reynolds for a ride, or more properly, a series of rides. Also starring Marilu Henner. Cinematography by Haskell Wexler.
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