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Little Murders
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Directed By
Alan Arkin

Written By:
Jules Feiffer

Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Vincent Gardenia, Elizabeth Wilson, Jon Korkes, Donald Sutherland, Alan Arkin, Lou Jacobi, John Randolph, Doris Roberts, Martin Kove

Little Murders (1971)
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Movie Review by Zara
October 29th, 2007

I'm confused

Perhaps this movie is just before my time. Back when the movies that were being made were still of the melodramatic stageplay-like variety. Back during a time when people were still trying to make "statements" with their films as if they were still the art form that we've forgotten they were once viewed at.

I mean, people will choke down nothing but flash and style without it ever containing any substance. It's as if the world's movie system became like their eating habits; all simple carbs and no real protein. Sugar, sugar and more processed sugar. I've forgotten what it was like (if I ever really knew) to sit and watch a movie with the purpose of discussing it afterward.

And gone are the people who are around to discuss movies with. No one will accept that there is any other viable opinion other than their own. You try and talk about something that someone else sees differently and instantly it's turned into an attack on their character. As if people, should they think differently, can't coexist in the same plain of existence. I just don't get it.

That said... I'm still confused about this movie. I wish there was someone to talk about it with, but my mother is busy doing work and I'm not sure if she's seen this movie before. I wonder if it's a weird and experimental movie because it was Alan Arkin's debut directorial feature. I wonder if it's odd because it was based on previously written material. I wonder a lot of things about this movie.

But I will say that there are some truly inspired moments about it, when it isn't delving into the utterly bizarre and unexplainable. When the people within the story are acting like human beings and not caricatures meant to represent something within a larger picture. Hell, I'm all for symbolism, but sometimes I just want a spade to be a spade. I don't know if that has to do with the cinematic diet that my generation has grown up on or not. I just know that while I'd like to say that the three and a half stars that I'm giving this movie are legit... I'm still confused as to what exactly I think about this movie.


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