THE LOVED ONE REVIEWED
“The Loved One” is a satire that’s loaded with so many stars. But, what about the movie? Robert Morse (the future Bert Cooper) comes to America in stunning “Lord Love A Duck” vision to deal with his Uncle. This brings him into a fight with Jonathan Winters. Winters plays two roles, but the gist is that he’s running a corrupt mortuary. While dealing with the mortician and other employees, Morse starts to realize that death is handled differently in America. Then, Liberace shows up.
Rod Steiger is overlooked as a mortician who can’t stop his obsession with his mother. Watching the guy straddle the line of insanity as a semi incestuous Mengele is insane to watch. Christopher Isherwood and Terry Southern combined forces so hard on this satire’s script that I wonder what got cut from the final product. It was only 1965 and Filmways wasn’t that progressive of an outfit. If Southern had to get toned down on later films, one wonders about the jokes about the sex hang-ups and dead bodies.
So much material that it makes it a crime to have ignored this oddity for this long. While not a fan of Tony Richardson’s direction style, this film deserves a viewing. So, get to it.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 MONO