DirectorHenry Jaglom ScreenplayHenry Jaglom Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 15, 1971 (1971-10-15) (New York Film Festival) CastTuesday Weld (Susan / Noah), Orson Welles (The Magician), Philip Proctor (Fred), Jack Nicholson (Mitch), Dov Lawrence (Dov), Gwen Welles (Bari) Similar moviesRelated Henry Jaglom movies
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A Safe Place is a 1971 film written and directed by Henry Jaglom and starring Tuesday Weld, Orson Welles, and Jack Nicholson.
A young woman, named Noah, lives alone in a small apartment New York City. She is a mentally disturbed flower child, who retreats into her past, yearning for lost innocence. She recalls her childhood, searching for a "safe place." As a child, whose real birth name was Susan, she met a charismatic magician in Central Park who presented her with magical objects: a levitating silver ball, a star ring, and a Noah's ark. In the present day, Noah is currently and romantically involved with two totally different men named Fred and Mitch. Fred is practical, but dull. Mitch is dynamic and sexy, her ideal fantasy partner. Neither man is able to totally fulfill her needs.
The cast includes:
Tuesday Weld as Susan/Noah
Orson Welles as The Magician
Jack Nicholson as Mitch
Philip Proctor as Fred
Gwen Welles as Bari
Roger Garrett as Noah's Friend
Francesca Hilton as Noah's Friend
The film was "culled from 50 hours of footage."
The work was a product of BBS Productions, a company formed by Bob Rafelson, Bert Schneider, and Steve Blauner, financed by their work on the TV pop group the Monkees. Other BBS films of the era include Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show, The King of Marvin Gardens, Head and Drive, He Said. All five of these films have been restored and released in DVD versions by The Criterion Collection in a set called America Lost and Found: The BBS Story.
Jaglom's directorial debut was a "critical and box-office disaster" Time magazine called the film "pretentious and confusing", a film that "suggests that the rumors of his expertise were greatly exaggerated, or at least that it does not extend to directing." Vincent Canby described the film as a "superficial case history of a suicide" whose "narrative pretends to be a lot more complex"; the film "reveals the director's apparent adoration of his star [Weld], whom he studies in every possible light and color combination, and in every possible camera setup, often orchestrated with fine, corny songs out of the 1940s and 1950s on the order of Charles Trenet's "La Mer" and "Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir." Variety said the film's "deliberate experimentation puts a heavy burden upon the viewer." Its writer-director "has plunged in over his own depth."