“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
The Swap (1969)
aka Sam's Song
How bad is it? "Frankenfilm" that doesn't use its material well. Should you see it? It's only for completists of Robert DeNiro or Sybil Danning.
"Robert DeNiro and Sybil Danning in a film together? Count me in!" you might be saying, but DeNiro's footage was shot a decade before Danning's. Jennifer Warren was the main female character in the original film, which was shelved, unfinished, purchased and then forced into new footage of a very different film, involving making porn films, murder, a love quadrangle (the "swap" of the title), blackmail, drugging, kidnapping and the death of almost every character. It's still not interesting. The way the film tries to fill holes in the structure makes it amusing - and quite confusing - by the end.