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Petulia


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  • Format: Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ERVK5I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,359 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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Format: VHS Tape
I saw PETULIA years ago & although I remembered liking it very much, I don't really think I "got it" before. But I recently saw it again & this time it really hit home. I got it for background research because I just wrote up an interview with screenwriter Barbara Turner about her new film THE COMPANY. (For all the talk about Richard Lester in this thread, no one's mentioned Turner's contribution as if, what -- it wrote itself?) It's no wonder Pauline Kael didn't like it. Great as she was in many ways, Kael was not particularly sympathetic to women's issues (or women filmmakers for that matter), so her review seems to miss the central point: Petulia is a battered woman trapped for economic & social reasons in a brutal marriage. Amazing stuff for 1968! You can read my interview with Turner on [...] if you're interested. Among other things you'll learn that Robert Altman was originally supposed to direct PETULIA. Imagine that!
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By A Customer on Nov. 20 2003
Format: VHS Tape
All the other reviews printed here confirm my long lasting enthuasm for "Petulia". I have screened it at least twice each year since the tape was released.
Lacking in the other comments ( printed here) is the central theme, as I saw it.
The conflict of a disaffected professional whose real life was in the operating room. He walks away from a seemingly "perfect" marriage for reasons even he cannot understand. He is looking for something at a personal level which he cannot define. His encounter with Petulia is pure serendipity. She, for reasons of her own is also searching for meaning. They touch, briefly, and move on. The affect of their relationship on those around them provides the counterpoint to this truly heartbreaking drama.
The wild 6os in San Fransco provides a very suitable backdrop for the main theme.
The final scenes in the labor and delivery rooms are pure genius.
When she says "Archie" it tells it all.
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Richard Lester's hazy "Petulia" is Top Ten list material, in my opinion. More the prototype for Soderberg's "The Limey" than even "Point Blank" was, this film is a masterpiece of fractured time, subjective narration, and non-linear editing.
"Petulia" tells the story of two very different people whose lives irrevocably intersect in a vague search for place and self in the 1960s. Lester claims to have shaped "Petulia"'s characters as symbols of 1960s America, and yet rarely has the cinema offered such complex and three-dimensional characters. The title character in particular, played by Julie Christie, is a young "kook" recently married into comfortable wealth, and whose behavior is not only unpredicatable, but erratic to the point of schizophrenia. George C. Scott's Archie is a rather serious doctor in the midst of a divorce (he terminated his marriage, he says, because he'd tired of being "a handsome couple") and making a rather forced effort to enjoy new bachelorhood. In the opening scene, Petulia tells Archie, "I've been married six months and I've never had an affair." After much discussion, but no kissing, Archie and Petulia decide, almost out of resignation, to have an affair. What these characters take from each other is a very complicated thing, which I can only describe as brief protection from what seems inevitable loneliness. Certainly they're an interesting pair. Über-critic Pauline Kael describes Julie Christie's portrayal of Petulia as "lewd and anxious, expressive and empty, brilliantly faceted but with something central missing, almost as if there's no woman inside." I couldn't say it better myself. George C. Scott's Archie is a brilliantly understated masculine foil to this Petulia.
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By Stephen M. Amy on Aug. 20 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film is unbelieveably great both stylistically and in its story of how "The Pepsi Generation" of the late-1960s put reckless impetuousness at a premium- which can lead to throwing away one's marriage one instant, and then changing your mind about it the next.
This is Richard Lester's greatest flick. "Hard Day's Night" was great, of course, but here you get a jump-cut style that includes both flashbacks and premonitions- it seems a very hip style and is suited to the subject matter of the film. And the shots are brilliantly composed- very dramatic visuals.
Also, you get about a minute and a half of the Dead playing "Viola Lee Blues", in their psychedelic heyday- complete multi-media experience.
And, in one scene Garcia and Weir appear amongst what are supposed to be the "neighbors", who are rubbernecking a denizen of their turf being carted off on a gurney. The neighborhood is Telegraph Hill, San Fran.- thought to myself: "why aren't these guys in the Haight-Ashbury?"- brcause they wanted to be in the movie!
Also, it has George C. Scott giving his usual great performance. And Julie Christie is believeably kooky.
Buy this one, man- one of the greatest all-time of celluloid creations. For real.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is a movie that works extremely well on video.
The action moves back & forth...endless flashbacks etc...the ability to re-watch & rewind is very important for full enjoyment.
Christie is superb. She puts in an accomplished & mature performance. George C.Scott is at his under-stated best.
Wonderful, moody soundtrack by John Barry, (who wrote all the James Bond Themes of the '60's).Superb photography by Nic Roeg, (who went on to direct Christie in, 'Don't Look Now').
Very '60's. Very stylish. Very under-rated.
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