Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Daisy Clover is a 15 year old Tomboy who dreams of being a Hollywood star. And she makes it, though it doesn't bring her happiness. [imdb]

Nominated for 3 Oscars:

Best Supporting Actress: Ruth Gordon
Best Art Direction, Color
Best Costume Design, Color

What a boring boring boring boring film. Really now. It's almost unwatchable. The idea is not bad, but the presentation is sooooooo slow and uninteresting; the screenplay doesn't go anywhere, the tone of the film is too serious & a mess and the direction is lacking, to say the best.
Who can buy the fact that 26-27 yo Natalie Wood is believable as a 15 yo tomboy?! Come on!!! She's way way too old for the part and it's visible throughout the film. The Oscar nominations aren't really worthy. Ruth Gordon won a Golden Globe and received an Oscar nom for playing her cuckoo old mother; this is so undeserving because she does nothing more than just sit around. She's an excentric presence, but that's it! Just awful.
There are two reasons why this is not getting a 2/10 from me. The first one: there's a 5 minute scene towards the end, after a certain character dies and Daisy is going to the studio to record some voice and she has a breakdown. The scene has a very dark mood to it and it reminded me of Mulholland Dr. It's very tense, though the situation doesn't require it to. The music is perfectly strange and the camera work great. The other reason is the final shot, with the burning house. But that's it. I swear it.
My rating for the film: 3/10. A bore fest with one single excellent scene.

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