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114 minutes · 2012

Robert Rossen's last film (1964) is a masterpiece, and also a complete contradiction of his career. The social critic (All the King's Men, The Hustler) suddenly blossoms into a hothouse romantic, through the dreamy story of an apprentice psychoanalyst (Warren Beatty) who falls in love with one of his patients (Jean Seberg) and the sweet morbidity she represents. Photographed by the great Eugen Schufftan, the film is conceived in shades of white so delicate and elusive that the picture barely seems to brush the screen (a scratched or even mildly dirty print can be fatal to the mood). With Peter Fonda, Kim Hunter, Jessica Walter, and Gene Hackman.

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