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Number: TWILIGHT235-BR

Starring:  Marthe Keller, Al Pacino, Anny Duprerey, Walter McGinn, Romolo Valli, Stephen Meldegg
Directed By:  Sydney Pollack
Composed By:  Dave Grusin

“Brought to life by skillful acting and directing, with all sorts of good stuff in it: Al Pacino and Marthe Keller, auto racing and a beautiful woman dying tragically, lots of wistful music and the landscapes of France, Italy, and Switzerland.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“An often sensitive and rather death-obsessed character study…offset by the definite chemistry between the leads…Pacino is at his best: precise, internal, magnetically cute.”
– Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine

Intelligently directed by Sidney Pollack (The Way We Were), Bobby Deerfield (1977) is a romantic melodrama starring the beautiful young Al Pacino as an American driver on the European racing circuit who falls in love with an impulsive eccentric (Marthe Keller). Their love affair takes on added depth when she challenges his sullen introversion – and when he discovers her tragic secret. Highlighted by Henri Decaë’s dreamy cinematography and a lovely score from the great Dave Grusin, available here as an isolated track.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA / English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
1977 / Color

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Director Sydney Pollack / Original Theatrical Trailer

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

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Posted by Mark Turner on July 28, 2017 1:03 PM

I can recall when this movie was released to theaters. At the time Al Pacino was one of the hottest box office stars around. In the five years prior to this film he starred in THE GODFATHER 1 & 2, SCARECROW, SERPICO and DOG DAY AFTERNOON. So the odds are that he would have a turkey eventually. This is the giant turkey, one big enough to feed a family or two come Thanksgiving.

Pacino stars as formula race car driver Bobby Deerfield. Bobby lives the high life, plenty of fast cars and money, married to a top model and yet bored to death. When a friend is involved in a terrible crash, he goes to visit him in the hospital and there meets Lillian (Marthe Keller). Strongly attracted to her he tracks her down and insists on spending time with her.

The two begin an affair but Bobby soon discovers her reason for being reluctant to do so. Lillian has a terminal illness and the odds of her surviving are slim at best. And yet she lives her life to the fullest. She presses Bobby to do the same, to spend the time he has with her to discover life.

I won’t reveal anything here about the plot but it has all been done before and much better. On top of that the movie is a snooze fest that was difficult to watch. Pacino can be one of the most dynamic performers ever seen on screen but here he’s left to mope around and contemplate life, something that lends itself to boring to watch. Which this film is.

I was stunned to see the number of positive reviews for this film online. I remember when it was released it was savaged by critics and died an agonizing death at the box office. Seeing it I can see why. Word of mouth on this film had to have driven the nail in its coffin. It wasn’t so much that I found myself dozing off at various moments in this film (though there were those moments) it’s that I kept hoping something would happen that would draw my interest. I wanted to have characters that I cared about and yet I found myself not caring on iota about any of them. While potential tragedy with the lifestyles of the rich and famous should not interfere with feeling sympathy, here you find yourself with a lack of caring that matches those of the characters onscreen.

Keller, on the rise prior to its release having done MARATHON MAN and BLACK SUNDAY never seemed to recover after this film. Pacino, a star by this time, was much more fortunate. Director Sydney Pollock also did well after. That’s good news because had their careers been determined by this film we might not have ever heard from them again.

Twilight Time has again made a great presentation of this film for those that love it. If you are among those make sure you get a copy since as always they’ve limited the number of copies being made.

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