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"It's a very real film about two people trying to get through to each other," director Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) says of his landmark romance Petulia, set in summer-of-love-era San Francisco. There Julie Christie plays a unhappily married socialite trying to get through to a recently divorced doctor (George C. Scott), who in his own words just wants to "feel something." He'll soon feel, even hurt, a lot. Because we know why kooky Petulia so desperately reaches out. As Lester zigzags through the flashbacks and flash-forwards of cinematographer Nicolas Roeg's startling images and Lawrence B. Marcus' knowing screenplay, Petulia's jigsaw pieces form a celluloid time capsule of life and love in the turbulent '60s. DVD Features:
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara Turner's Break-Thru Screenplay Jan. 9 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE OF FILM MAKING Nov. 20 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece film on several levels. Jan. 21 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars IMPETUOUSNESS 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST For Christie Fans Jan. 20 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!
This move changed my life, and almost single-handedly propelled me into a career in film. If nothing else, it validates Richard Lester as an artist ahead of his time, honors... Read more
Published on April 18 2000 by ilan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cold Eye Cast on The Summer of Love
There's an oft-repeated list of breakthrough films from the 1960's that contains the great: Dr. Strangelove, Point Blank, Bonnie & Clyde, Blow Up; the good: The Graduate,... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2000 by Edward Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern masterpiece
This movie is incredible and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in an adult story, told by a director and a cast at the top of their craft. Read more
Published on Dec 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Lester's best film
Petulia is one of the key films of the '60's. Compare this with anything by Nick Roeg to see why Richard Lester is a truly influential artist. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars George was one of the greats
Like the reviewer below me, I immediately thought of Petulia when I heard of George C. Scott's passing. His character in this film is one of his more likable portraits. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece.
Richard Lester's best film, better even than his incredible THE KNACK...AND HOW TO GET IT (which you need to see).
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Published on Sept. 23 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars penultmiate San Francisco in the 60's
Petulia gives a glimpse of San Francisco in the 60's that has almost never been captured on film. Lester gives a number of delicious touches--Janis Joplin performing at the... Read more
Published on Aug. 8 1999 by david@health-access.org
5.0 out of 5 stars Lester's Brilliant Portrait of Swinging 60s
Julie Christie gives one of the best performances of her career in this intoxicatingly fascinating motion picture, filled with complex relationships and startling imagery.George C. Read more
Published on July 12 1999
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