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Robert Rossen's Lilith [Nov. 21st, 2004|10:07 pm]
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This one may not qualify as a great movie, but it’s an interesting one and one that seems to be all but forgotten. The movie is LILITH, made in 1964 and directed by Robert Rossen. I hadn't even heard if until it turned up on Fox Classics a few months ago. I've only just found the time to watch it. And it's really quite a good little movie! At first you think it's going to be nothing but cliches of the "idealistic young doctor starts work in a mental hospital and falls for pretty young blonde patient variety (although in this case it's an idealistic young occupational therapist), but things don't turn out at all the way you'd expect. Jean Seberg, always good at playing slightly odd characters, is very good as the pretty young blonde patient. Warren Beatty is quite effective as the occupational therapist, and Peter Fonda turns in a surprisingly impressive performance as a particularly disturbed and disturbing patient. An interesting movie, and well worth seeing.