Candy (1968, USA/ITA/FRA) C-124m. ** D: Christian Marquand. Starring Ewa Aulin, John Astin, Richard Burton, Ringo Starr, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, John Huston, Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando, Elsa Martinelli, Sugar Ray Robinson, Anita Pallenberg, Lea Padovani, Florinda Bolkan, Marilù Tolo, Nicoletta Machiavelli, Umberto Orsini, Enrico Maria Salerno, Buck Henry, Christian Marquand. Curio from the late 60s with a gargantuan cast about nave, sexy blonde teenager Aulin, who finds herself in all kinds of crazy situations because all the men she meets want to have sex with her. Glossy satire has some great roles for stars (especially Burton as an iconoclastic, alcoholic poet), but that alone doesn't justify two-hour-plus running time. A must for late 60s adepts, though. Some of the editing is really good. Introductory sequence by Douglas Trumbull is reminiscent of his work for 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Screenplay by Buck Henry, based on the novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg. Beautiful Swedish starlet Aulin made this right after the pop-art giallo LA MORTE HA FATTO L'UOVO.

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