The Loved One (1965)
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If The Loved One isn't the inspiration for the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!, I'll eat my hat. Well, I don't wear a hat, but I'll eat SOMEthing. It starts as the same sort of spoof on Hollywood politics - up to and including the western star cast in a British drawing room drama - and features a lot of celebrities from its day, often in atypical roles. Once a key character dies, it becomes about his hapless nephew organizing his funeral, and then falling for a pure but fanatical embalmer, but it's still the same world of Hollywood flash. That funeral home is INSANE and couldn't exist anywhere else. This weird, satirical comedy uses its title to mean both the dead relative and the embalmer trapped in a love triangle, and in a roundabout way, is a story about the loss of innocence, a death that is planned for, weddings performed in parallel to funerals. Fun performances abound, though this is definitely more about ideas than it is characters. It's difficult to latch onto any of the leads.
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This movie ranks #325 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #406 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #417 in ICM Forum's 500<400