A film that supposedly helped define an era, and has yet to ever be released on DVD, has been uploaded onto Youtube. The quality is actually quite good. What ever rights issues they have with the music featured in the film needs to be resolved. This film needs to be seen. Very much a product of it’s era, but still excellent. Diane Keaton, you are outstanding in an impossibly unlikable role.
Diane Keaton gave a tremendous performance in this salacious adaptation of Judith Rossner’s best selling 1970s novel. As a schoolteacher who delves into a dangerous lifestyle of promiscuity and substance abuse, Keaton was able to find the humanity in a character who suffers from self loathing exhibited in masochistic behaviors.
In the Richard Brooks film, the ending is equally horrific in its implied political message for women who explore sexual freedom as well as its unblinking depiction of Theresa’s fate. Keaton’s well regarded work contributed to her Best Actress win that same year for Annie Hall.
For Richard Gere fans, he, along with Keaton, gives a memorable performance as a rather threatening bar pick up. Like Brad Pitt in his limited role in Thelma & Louise, Gere ignites the screen in his screen time. Inexplicably, it was Tuesday Weld in a rather forgettable role and performance who was nominated for the movie.
I saw the film in its initial release. I have seen many movies since, and I still remember Looking for Mr. Goodbar vividly. However, it is not an experience I seek to repeat.