HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Miserables, Les
Ritz, The
Patrick
Cemetery
Girls of the Sun
Princess and the Goblin, The
Skyfire
Upright
Incredible Kung Fu Mission
Dirty Cops
You Cannot Kill David Arquette
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
Son's Room, The
Evil Hits Evil
Agency
Blue My Mind
Thumbelina
Proxima
Aprile
Assassination Nation
Golden Key, The
Image Book, The
On Body and Soul
Unhinged
Eyewitness
Girlfriends
Danger Within
Rent-A-Pal
Battle in Outer Space
H-Man, The
Painted Bird, The
Finding Steve McQueen
Ropes
Five Easy Pieces
Peninsula
Nuclear
Queen of Hearts
Chinese Evil Technique
Primal
3 and a Half Kung Fu Girls
   
 
Newest Articles
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
Living the Nightmare: Dementia on Blu-ray
Becky and The Devil to Pay: Ruckus and Lane Skye Interview
Big Top Bloodbath: Circus of Horrors on Blu-ray
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
   
 
  Inside Daisy Clover Follow A Star
Year: 1965
Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Roddy McDowall, Ruth Gordon, Katharine Bard, Peter Helm, Betty Harford, John Hale, Harold Gould, Ottola Nesmith, Edna Holland
Genre: DramaBuy from Amazon
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Daisy Clover (Natalie Wood) is a fifteen-year-old who lives on the California coast with her senile mother (Ruth Gordon), working in a stand that sells photographs of movie stars. Today is her birthday, but her mother is more interested in calling the cops to report Daisy's father missing, a man who has been gone for seven years: exasperated, the cop asks her why report it now, and she replies she didn't miss him till today. But Daisy will soon have to put her old life behind her when the recording of her singing attracts the attention of big time film producer Raymond Swan (Christopher Plummer)...

Hollywood films about Hollywood usually end up being critical in some way, and Inside Daisy Clover was no different. Gavin Lambert adapted his own novel for this tale of a fictional star's meteoric rise to fame as "America's Little Valentine" of the nineteen-thirties, but while you might expect a level of disillusionment to set in for out heroine after the initial giddy feelings of success, here she seems pretty unsure that appearing top-billed in films and selling records of her trilling is all its cracked up to be from the very start of the story.

Which makes you wonder, why did she want to be in showbusiness in the first place if she didn't want all the struggle that goes with it? Daisy is a tomboy from the beginning, so already something of a rebel, but her aspirations are about to teach her that some institutions are too big to rebel against, as is the case with the Hollywood system she finds when Swan offers her a contract and sets her up as the next big thing. On the way up, she meets who she feels is a kindred spirit in trying to escape this straitjacket of fame, Wade Lewis (Robert Redford), a star already at the top, and in dubious scenes he romances the teenager.

Daisy is smitten, but heading for a fall as Wade is not running away from fame, but his public persona which Daisy is too, in her way, but not in such a damaging manner as Wade is to the other people in his life. The disparity between the private and public faces is what the film frets over, and if its portrait of thirties moviemaking is not entirely convincing - it just looks too similar to the sixties, probably more now than it did then - then the personalities involved compensate by ringing true throughout. Wood's uncertain smile tells you all you need to know about Daisy's sense of not belonging, and makes you understand why she ends up the way she does.

In fact, this is very cynical indeed, rendering Hollywood as a place that beats its players into submission instead of taking care of them so they will be operating at their very best when the cameras start rolling. Of course, plenty of actors and actresses do just fine in such careers and don't suffer the breakdowns that Daisy does here, but their stories have rarely interested the filmmakers who want to warn the audiences of the price of celebrity. Wood, having grown up in the studio system this so corrosively disparages, must have been well aware of the background here and offers one of her best performances, certainly it is one beloved of her fans, and if there's always something slightly artificial about Inside Daisy Clover, she is the one who sells it to you as more authentic than it might otherwise have been. Music by André Previn.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5700 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (1)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: