Alas, Terry Southern's pillow talk (above) from his infamous(and literally illegal for a decade) classic novel is absent from the film. This kinda dialogue would not fly in 1968. Or now, for that matter.
A psychedelic (somewhat gratuitously, then again, it as filmed in 67/68) version of an all-American 50s Midwest Candide/Candy of the novel. Ewa Aulin, I'm afraid, didn't have the acting chops to play an American girl. (Imagine Tuesday Weld in this role!) It was the height of the Britt/Anita/Ursula era - I guess it made sense at the time. For all practical purposes, this is a European movie. Despite Southern's source novel and Buck Henry's (both American) script, the Candide In Modern America conciete gets lost.
A genuine curiosity, some scenes truly great, even. Too bad it strayed from the book, in which the theme is:
[Southern on Candy Christian being an actual contemporary prototype] "Yes, it's one of the most common and disturbing phenomena going. You see a groovy chick, and she's with some kind of nut, creep, or crackpot. 'What in the devil do you see in him?' you ask. 'Oh, you don't understand!' she says. And then, when really pressed, it comes down to 'He needs me.' Beauty and the Beast, simple as that..."
Of course the great Terry Southern (The Loved One, Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider) took this premise to the wildest extreme.
Another KL bluray with no subtitles. Extras include an interview with the brilliant screenwriter, Buck (The Graduate, To Die For) Henry and an appreciation by critic Kim Morgan, which allowed me to dig (even more so) the movie on its own terms. I'd recommend watching both before the viewing movie.
All star cast includes: Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Anita Pallenberg (Performance), James Coburn, Richard Burton, John Aston, the aforementioned Buck Henry and more.
Four stars - tho you wouldn't know it by my two cents!