In the late 1950s and early 1960s, British films were densely populated with angry young men. In MORGAN! the young man is not only angry, he's crazier than a bedbug in Bedlam. By altering the nature of the role from the original TV play, the creators of this film seem to be saying that
anything is possible if the leading character is deranged. With that premise, all normalcy is tossed out the window and we are asked to accept the lead as he is, crazy or not. By today's standards, this picture is somewhat dated. The technique often overwhelms the story, with innumerable
slow-motion shots, freeze frames, and surrealistic scenes.
Warner is Morgan, a London artist married to Leonie (Redgrave), a woman considerably above his working-class standing. He spends his time daydreaming about swinging through the jungle, which understandably alienates his spouse. (Clips of KING KONG and TARZAN movies are used in the dream
sequences.) Leonie secures a divorce, and Morgan, who was supposedly in Greece, shows up on the day it is to be granted. He wants her back and is upset at her plans to marry a priggish art dealer (Stephens) closer to her own social status. Morgan's crazed attempts to win Leonie back involve, among
other things, bombs, skeletons, kidnapping, and gorilla suits. A Mona Lisa smile from Leonie and a hammer and sickle motif end the film on an enigmatic note.
The director's attempt to blend reality and fantasy is sometimes successful, but the humor is strained as a result and doesn't always work. It's a bizarre film, too heavy in places and not light enough in others. The picture was released in England as MORGAN: A SUITABLE CASE FOR TREATMENT. Czech
director Reisz has made some fascinating films, especially SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING. Here, however, he tries so hard to be interesting that the effort shows in every frame.
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- Review: In the late 1950s and early 1960s, British films were densely populated with angry young men. In MORGAN! the young man is not only angry, he's crazier than a bedbug in Bedlam. By altering the nature of the role from the original TV play, the creators of th… (more)
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