Candy (1968) [Blu-ray]
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Candy, based on the naughty, notorious erotic satire by Terry Southern, whose wicked pen contributed to Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider (among other '60s classics), and adapted for the screen by the sly Buck Henry (The Graduate and Catch 22), is a bizarre second-hand reconfiguration of Candide for the permissive '60s. Swedish teen beauty queen Ewa Aulin is Candy, all breathy, wide-eyed innocence as a curvy blond kewpie doll--think Lolita, Barbarella, and Baby Spice all rolled into one--whose naiveté lands her in the sack with one dirty old man after another on a sexual odyssey. Guest cads include Ringo Starr as an embarrassingly unconvincing Mexican gardener; James Coburn preening as a surgeon who puts the "theater" into his operating theater; Walter Matthau as a snarling, insane general; and French crooner Charles Aznavour as a humpbacked spider man. Richard Burton stands out as a soused, sex-mad poet with an ever-present wind machine dramatically blowing his hair, and Marlon Brando's phony guru with a seductive line of mystic patter is downright hysterical.
Despite luscious cinematography by longtime Fellini collaborator Guiseppe Rotunno and gorgeous opening and closing sequences of space flight by Douglas Trumbull, this clumsy misfire has all the cutting satire of a Monkees episode and only half the style. Director Christian Marquand lets the film ramble interminably while his cast mercilessly mugs their way through ill-conceived roles (except Aulin, who remains a passive, almost alien presence in the center of the chaos). The result is a sloppy all-star sex farce with blunt, misdirected attempts at social topicality buried in teasing peekaboo pinup photography and sexual romps, pleasing enough eye candy but hardly the erotic, satirical, transgressive portrait the picture promises. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The untimate irony of the movie is that she (and by implication anyone else) who conforms to the Hollywood image of female beauty and is seeking romance is doomed.
The genius of this movie is that such an edgy message - one that is easier to ignore than to recognize and bring up to the conscious level - is so well concealed in the medium of the very kind of mindless and plotless sex comedy which so frequently exploits the very same image.
The film was considered outrageous in its day but it seems pretty tame by "modern' standards. Ringo Starr received good reviews when the movie was released but in retrospect his performance is almost embarrassingly poor. But the incongruous cameos by a few of the biggest stars of the day are a great part of the film's appeal. (Remember, this was one of the first "X" rated films to be seen in wide release and, goodness, there were FAMOUS people involved!)
Sir Richard Burton is riotous as are Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau and James Coburn, but the cohesive bond in the whole plot is the dual performance by John Astin who portrays Candy's stuffed-shirt father as well as her lecherous uncle, Jack. And, not too surprisingly, Ewa Aulin is still ravenously beautiful as the naive nymphet, Candy!
Another shining attribute is Dave Grusin's soundtrack, very 60's, no doubt, but in the end it actually holds up better than film. Songs and incidental pieces by The Byrds and Steppinwolf sound fresh and invigorating.
Younger people who want to experience a glimpse of the 60's "counter-culture" would do well to start with this trifling sweet, Candy!
Now I said I thought it was bad, but it did have some redeeming qualities. Several of these guys are pretty funny, some are not. Brando's bit was good and I laughed at Coburn too. Burton was hillarious. Starr, Matthau, and Huston don't fair as well, but their material wasn't as good. And then there is the sweetness herself, Eva Aulin. Wow, she is hot. Oh the poor girl, she looks way too innocent to blame for no script. Anyone who didn't know better would have taken the part to act next to these guys. And lets be honest, she wasn't cast for her thespian intellect.
Hey if you like these stars, Candy may be worth the rent. By the way I think this film was worth seeing just to read what some of you internet movie maniacs wrote about it, so thanks.
You got that right, sister.
"Citizen Kane" finally made it to DVD. Who cares? So has "Candy"!
To humiliate its "star,", Ewa Aulin, all over again. Anchor Bay's release of the 1969 film has lovely picture qualities. The colors are bright. The look of the film has been preserved and enhanced beautifully. There is depth of image. The film is garbage, but it looks great. It about destroyed my mental.
I didn't take drugs in those groovy cool times. This is why. Because I would have conjured up something like this endless bag of hot gas. With this movie, I wanted nostalgia. I should have stuck a fork in my eye instead. Which, come to think of it, this is. "Candy" is based on the novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg (just who was Mason Hoffenberg anyway?) which was a satirical, satyrical (it's the level we're on here) retelling of "Candide." Yeah, sure. That gave us an
excuse to read it in the Student Lounge and on the quad and to pretend we were culturally mature.
HA! If our dorm room walls could have talked. "Candy"--the novel is--hot. Better even than "The Hand Reared Boy." Candide, Flandide, who cares? I circled the good parts in my copy with my pen. There were a lot of them.
The movie, which I had never seen till this DVD, has no good parts to circle. Ewa Aulin was terrifically beautiful. She's got the stupid kewpie doll thing down pat. The second grade leer of the male lechers and the film makers is all here. STARS want to "deflower" her. Tiresomely.
Charles Aznavour is a hunchback who crawls on walls and the ceiling, and he flies!!Read more ›
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This satire, based on Terry Southern's novel of the same name, does not have the book's bite and is dated, but it is still loads of fun, with a tremendous cast and crew. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by audrey frances
Based on the 'notorious' book by Terry Southern & Mason Hoffenberg (first published by French Olympia Press), "Candy" became an instant cult film when it was released. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2003 by Amazon Customer
I have never in my life been more confused by a movie. The title I selected for this review was intoned somberly by mystical guru Marlon Brando. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Robert I. Hedges
This has got to be the worst movie of it's type (big budget, big stars) I have ever seen. A complete [distruction] of Terry Southern's hilarious 60's novel, it captures not one of... Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by John O'Toole
Many have written poorly about Candy. Perhaps, they took the movie too seriously because there are many moments that are genuinely amusing: the soldiers doing a dance number and... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by Michael Demarco
I actually saw this movie in a theater when I was young enough to be considered fit for active duty in the U.S. Army. In fact, I was in active duty in the U.S. Army. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2003 by Bruce P. Barten
A hip and wacky sex comedy featuring Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Walter Matthau, Ringo Starr, John Huston and a thousand other people, and based on a book by Terry... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by Joe Gola
I was dying to see this film for years (being the cult film fan that I am), but when I did it really messed with my mind. Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by Scott R Stout