Coming Apart (film)

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Coming Apart
Coming Apart poster.jpg
Directed by Milton Moses Ginsberg
Written by Milton Moses Ginsberg
Starring Rip Torn
Sally Kirkland
Release dates 1969
Country United States
Language English

Coming Apart is a 1969 film written and directed by Milton Moses Ginsberg, and starring Rip Torn and Sally Kirkland.

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.[1]

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.[2] Critic Andrew Sarris gave it a less favorable review, however, and the film was a commercial failure.

The film has since attained a cult following among critics and filmmakers.[3][4]


  1. ^ Horwath, Alexander. (2004) "A Walking Contradiction (Partly True and Partly Fiction)" The Last Great American Picture Show: New Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press ISBN 90-5356-493-4
  2. ^ Schickel, Richard. "Cracking Up On Camera" Life, October 17, 1969
  3. ^ Smith, Dinitia. "After 'Coming Apart,' a Life Did Just That (1978). The New York Times, September 10, 1998
  4. ^ Kawin, Bruce. “Coming Apart: The Mind as Camera.” Mindscreen: Bergman, Godard, and first-person film. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978

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