Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In this experimental film, everyone enacts roles written from the player's lives; everyone plays themselves, literally. The narrative backbone of the story is writer Mel Howard's unsuccessful career as a filmmaker. The producer, Kenneth E. Schwartz, narrates. When Howard's life and his movie go out of control at the same time, the narrator expresses his bemusement at the whole enterprise: "This picture was not supposed to be a diary of freaky people." The ongoing real lives of the players increasingly intermingle with the quasi-fictitious storyline designed by the writers. This film is more structured than Warhol's avant garde efforts, and its characters are more sympathetic than in Fassbinder's experimental pictures.
career, film-industry, filmmaker, producer [showbiz], writer, writing