Back To The Gardens
April 30th, 2012

I saw this film in a somnolent state on a small hotel TV screen recently, late at night. It seemed emblematic of a certain strand of mid-1970s cinema subsequently dubbed ‘New Hollywood’. Not much happened in the film but it’s circuitous nature allowed me to reflect on the characters’ motives and the context of an era where the American Dream had begun to unravel in the eyes of many counter-cultural figures, including, presumably, the director Bob Rafelson. You can see it in the run-down hotels and the bleak vaudeville settings for this intriguing non-drama about suspicion and mental deterioration.

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