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David & Lisa (1962)

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The first work by husband and wife team writer Eleanor and director Frank Perry.  David doesn’t like to be touched;  Lisa has a dissociative personality with two distinct personae. Somehow, in a mental hospital, this couple finds each other after both escape the centre and then return, making breakthroughs under the care of psychiatrist Howard Da Silva. Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin are impressive in their roles but it’s an enervating watch and difficult if you don’t like disturbed people acting out. Dullea had made his debut the previous year in Hoodlum Priest but remains best known for 2001: A Space Odyssey. This was Margolin’s debut and she died aged 50 in 1993. The Perrys were probably best known for The Swimmer and Diary of a Mad Housewife, further films distinguished by a careful, social sensibility with particularly modern concerns. Eleanor Perry was especially interested in women in film and despised their representation by directors such as Fellini, whose posters for Roma she defaced at the Cannes Film Festival in 1972.

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