Coming Apart (film)
|Directed by||Milton Moses Ginsberg|
|Written by||Milton Moses Ginsberg|
Torn plays a mentally disturbed psychologist who secretly films his sexual encounters with women. Ginsberg filmed the entire movie with one static camera setup, in a manner simulating a non-constructed "fake documentary" style, influenced by Jim McBride's David Holzman's Diary.
Critical reception was mixed. Life reviewer Richard Schickel praised Torn's performance, Ginsberg's inventive use of camera and sound, and the "illuminating" portrayal of a schizophrenic breakdown. Critic Andrew Sarris gave it a less favorable review, however, and the film was a commercial failure.
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