Tuesday, March 29, 2011
FORGOTTEN MOVIES, SHOOT THE MOON
Talk about an opening scene that perfectly sets up what's at stake.
I have always been interested in films about the dissolution of a marriage. In fact, we just watched the mediocre 5x2 last week (although it had a great soundtrack). I guess no one will top Bergman's SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE, but this one comes close. From IMDB, it looks like it never earned back its cost so I am going to assume it is largely forgotten.
SHOOT THE MOON, written by Bo Goldman and directed by Alan Parker, examines the extremely painful ending of a marriage. Diane Keaton, in what may be her finest role, plays the wife; Albert Finney, the husband. They have four children that are caught in the middle of this maelstrom. Keaton must care for the kids (it's 1982 after all) and Finney concentrates on his career and mistress (Karen Allen). Eventually Keaton finds solace too.
SHOOT THE MOON captures the anger, hurt, and betrayal of the end of a marriage very well.
It won't cheer you up but you'll be impressed by it, I think. On a particularly sad note, Dana Hill, who played the most memorable of their daughters, died at age 32 of diabetes. I just learned that on researching the film. I remember her well.
MORE FORGOTTEN MOVIES WILL APPEAR AT SWEET FREEDOM (Todd Mason)