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Coming Apart (1969)

Director(s): Milton Moses Ginsberg

Theatrical Release: 1969

Cast: Rip Torn, Lois Markle, Viveca Lindfors, Sally Kirkland, Lynn Swann, Phoebe Dorin

Genre(s): Drama, erotic, psychological, Avant-Garde, Dean's List

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 111m.

The considerable talents Rip Torn, Viveca Lindfors and Sally Kirkland are largely squandered in this Manhattan-based film. In this symbolic and erotic drama Manhattan psychiatrist Joe Glazer (Torn) is a psychoanalyst who specializes in female neuroses. Obsessed by his work, he begins filming his sessions, voyeuristically watching the results in his off-hours. He interviews a masochist who can only be sexually aroused with pain (Markle) and is willingly fellated by his sex-starved patient JoAnn (Kirkland). He is also pursued by an uninhibited hippie girl and a transvestite. In his focus to help his patients, Joe fails to realize he is falling into his own world of madness. His sexual encounters are a diversion which prevent him from admitting his own feelings, wants and needs, and his filmmaking activities climax with a record of his own emotional background. Nudity and sexual situations prompted an X rating for this film at the time of the initial release. -- Dan Pavlides (allmovie.com)

+ COMINGA PART 2: ADVENTURES IN RE-RELEASING - In this series of Q&A's presented around the country, Rip Torn talks about the spirit of the set, Sally Kirkland discourses on the acting style of the film, and Milton Moses Ginsberg participates in a psychoanalytic seminar on COMING APART at the American Psychiatric Convention.

+ THE CITY BELOW THE LINE (1999, Milton Moses Ginsberg, 36m) - A film editor, working on commercial projects while pursuing his dream of adapting Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground," records the breakdown of his own professional and personal life.

+ HOW TO FALL INTO OBLIVION AND TAKE YOUR MOVIE WITH YOU - An essay by director Milton Moses Ginsberg
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