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David and Lisa (1962)

Cast: Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin, Howard Da Silva, more...
Director: Frank Perry
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Independent, Romance
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
This stark and spare look at the world of the mentally disturbed was one of the beacons of the new American independent film movement. Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin star as two adolescents who make contact with each other in a home for disturbed youngsters. Dullea is David Clemens, who is placed in the home by his mother because of his constant fear of being touched. Margolin is Lisa, a 15-year-old schizophrenic who speaks only in rhyme, when she speaks at all. David rejects the help of psychiatrist Alan Swinford (Howard Da Silva) but makes an emotional connection with Lisa. Because of his contact with Lisa, David eventually opens up to Swinford and his mother. But his mother is dissatisfied with his progress and takes him back home. Home life, however, consists of his mother's domineering ways and parental quarrels, so David runs away and returns to the home for disturbed youngsters. But then an argument with Lisa leads to a climactic confrontation. ~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide

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Youth, Madness, Death, Family, Love by wdrazo July 10, 2005 - 3:12 PM PDT
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Episodic in nature, this film looks like an Ingmar Bergman picture without the subtitles. With old 60's scifi tv series period music throughout, the tone and atomsphere are set, like the trees in the opening shots becoming fractual images. An early independent film, the director launched his career and those of the two juvenile leads.




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