Carnal Knowledge (1971)

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Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.




  • Ann-Margret in Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  • Ann-Margret in Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  • Candice Bergen and Anthea Sylbert in Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  • Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret in Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  • Ann-Margret and Art Garfunkel in Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  • Mike Nichols and Giuseppe Rotunno in Carnal Knowledge (1971)

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7 November 2012 | daha1120
| Mike Nichols last depressing hurrah
For the first half hour the characters are so disgusting and terrible, the feeling of bile rising in my throat doesn't subside. These are the people who I have known. And while I cannot bring myself to turn it off, I also can't help but fondly remember watching all of his movies that he made before this one, the spark that say The Graduate or Catch-22 had, and this just feels a little flat. But at the same time, it seems to completely succeed in doing what it sets out to do, creating something suffocatingly real, like watching the most depressing moments in my life played back for me with dim lighting and blonder actresses. The fact that Candice Bergen goes away after that also helps. Upper middle class ennui is something that's almost always tedious to watch, but this is actually affecting. Nonetheless, this feels like the beginning of the end for Mike Nichols. He would never again make anything on a level with Catch-22, and he followed this one up with Day of the Dolphins. Seriously. wtf. Also for the curious, pop star Arthur Garfunkle (as the back of the DVD box puts it) gives a surprisingly strong performance in this.

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