Saturday, December 25, 2010

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)

It tells the story of working-class artist Morgan Delt, obsessed with Karl Marx and gorillas, who tries to stop his ex-wife from remarrying. [wiki]

Nominated for 2 Oscars:

Best Actress: Vanessa Redgrave
Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

I was watching it and I kept thinking: what is this??? :)) it's not a comedy, because there was nothing funny about it. It has a wacky story and a screenplay that literally goes nowhere. It doesn't have a distictive style and there's nothing about the performances to stand out. The film looks just like another excuse for the director to push forward some socialism values.
And making them political is fine with me, as long as it all makes sense and it's not just thrown in there. The love story is virtually missing and the characters are painfully underwritten. The last 15-20 minutes are almost unwatchable and it's one of the worst, pointless endings I've ever seen. :) it's not a bad movie in the Glitter kind of way and I don't hate it, but it's so confused and confusing and unjustified that it gives no pleasure to the experience.
My rating for the film: 2.5/10. "Oscar" and Vanessa's performance should not be in the same sentence.


  1. Agree about performance and movie.Weird and terrible at the same time.

  2. Ooooh, I was sort of expecting this....but...



  3. Aw! I love Vanessa's performance :-( But I understand. haha.

  4. I agree, though I liked a bit more I guess. I think Vanessa was fine, she had a strong presence. The movie was obviously so political, full of socialism, of which I do not really approve. But at least it could have made some sense. It was intolerable sometimes.

    I was amused by Bernard Bresslaw's character, the policeman though. I'm a huge Carry on fan and I enjoyed him.

  5. oh, but what's to love about Vanessa's "performance"? I love how dinasztie said it: "strong presence" :D and that's it. exactly. a presence.

  6. Agree with you on Vanessa's performance being not really there, but find the film on the whole very funny. Especially Morgan's Mum, who's hilarious in her Trotskite ramblings.