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The Kid Stays In The Picture

03 Oct 2002

So you call yourself a movie fan? OK. What do these films have in common:
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Love Story
  • The Godfather
  • Chinatown
  • Marathon Man
  • Popeye
  • The Two Jakes

They were all produced by one person -- Robert Evans. This film is his story: from being offered a role in a film after being "discovered" poolside, to his rise as a film producer at Paramount, the inevitable fall, and eventual resurrection. Along the way, Evans tells his stories about working with the likes of Mia Farrow, Ali McGraw, Jack Nicholson, and Francis Ford Coppola. That, I suppose, is the whole point of watching the film -- to hear stories from the battlefield, from someone who was there. It's not great art -- well, nearly not great art. Evans' stories from his early days are illustrated by multilayered still images which gently glide before our eyes in a way that suggests movement, even though they are clearly stills. 

William S. Burroughs once praised fellow author Gore Vidal's memoirs, noting that there was something lurid on almost every page. I think he'd approve of this film.

Do visit the official web site. There are film clips, stills, and other nonsense. It's all good fun.

Related Links
The Kid Stays In The Picture (Official Site)
The Kid Stays In The Picture (IMDB)