Ralph Bakshi, a former animator at Terrytoons, created one of the most complex and artistic animated films that Hollywood today lacks. His use of unorthodox methods from interviewing college students, hookers, bums, drunkards, hippies, and other people for the film was unheard of for its time. To the use of integrating adult subject matter from: drugs, language, racism, raw violence, nudity and sex made this film a groundbreaking success. I think of Ralph Bakshi as the Jean-Luc Goddard of animation. His storylines feel as if they do not integrate with each other, but that's what makes his films so unique. He has the eye for pointing out the social and political problems that might be relevant in the current atmosphere of the United States. Bash is a true auteur, since his approach was anti-disney and independently made without the backing of a major studio. While the film itself looks disjointed in its storyline, it stills remains an absolute favorite of mine from the perspective of the viewer.
This is one of the worst films that I have ever watched when I was in film class. You have a young man who is a tennis player and becomes entranced in a love affair with a rich and wealthy woman. Later in the film, he meets the woman's brother and his fiancee, who he starts to have an affection with. His infedelity and smug charm has made him one of the absolute worst characters that I have ever seen. This picture is pure filth and one of the worst from Woody Allen. It is unfunny, horrific, and one of the worst pieces of garbage that I have ever witnessed. I was reviled in letting the main hero/villain get away with murder by killing his fiancee who is pregnant with his child and by killing the witnesses in his clumsily stupid manner. Is it garbage? It is absolutely.
The Amazing Transparent Man has deep connections to the director's own experiences from his native country of Austria and the aftermath of what happened during World War II. The use of the names Faust, Krenner and Ulof have European connotations to represent Old, Middle, and New Germany as a metaphor. I thought that it was deep in the ideology of politics from Ulmer's point of view.
The first frame of the picture starts with a song entitled "It's Only A Paper Moon" and when the opening titles came on screen, the film felt reminiscent of a Woody Allen film, but in respect Bogdanovich had gone to extreme lengths of trying to pay homage to the great film maestro Orson Welles. I would have to concur that the cinematography and the credit for the use of deep focus should be credited to James Wong Howe who started an experimental process as far back as 1925, since he was experimenting with camera lenses and lighting to make sequences stand out in the pictures. The film then went on to tell the story of a bible salesman, and just as he was making his sales with a satisfactory customer, he notices an adolescent girl that wants to learn the trick of the trade in selling bibles as part of a con job. One thing that I will note that makes this film a grand masterpiece is the use of black and white cinematography, popular songs in the background as the film's score, the performances by Ryan O'Neal and his daughter Tatum are superb, as well as Madeline Kahn in an Oscar-nominated performance. Another positive aspect about this film is the direction that Bogdanovich outlays from story, character development, and conveying the feel and look of the era of the Great Depression. I saw this film nearly 4 to 5 years ago on DVD, there are some cons to this film, that can make it a bit problematic, first is the length, I understand that the film is long and that when there is not much action, your mind cannot take the stress of too much dialogue sequences, which is what I felt whilst watching this movie. I also felt that some of the sequences like when Ryan O'Neal is out with the Tatum O'Neal in the middle of the town in Texas is a bit antiquated when she ends up getting lost and Ryan had to search all over the area to find her. But, I do have some positive things to say about the camera angles and shots used in the film, for the sequence when Ryan O'Neal is talking to the mechanic at a train station if you look carefully at the far left of the screen, of the open window right behind the man in the train station, you can see two girls playing out back in clear view. It is distracting and takes the focus away from the story, but it is pretty awesome to see something like that in a film such as this. I like the film, and it's a story that has been used in modern films and TV shows to provide inspiration like "Suite Life of Zack and Cody" when they re-used the same story but to con the people in the hotel. That's what I feel about this movie, a grand masterpiece from Peter Bogdanovich.