Looking for Mr Goodbar

I’ve seen Looking for Mr Goodbar (Richard Brooks, 1977) at last. A most unpleasant experience – and there really was no need for it to have to go on for so long. But a significant film: one you have to have seen.

That’s two courageous films in as many days, in which young women (and therefore actresses) allow horrible things to be done to them: that must say something about the world we live in.

Why did Diane Keaton win an Oscar for Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977) in 1978 but not for Looking for Mr Goodbar, despite its being a much more demanding performance. The people who know about the politics of the Academy will know. (I do not.)

A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

Looking for Mr Goodbar (Richard Brooks, 1977)

Garry Gillard | New: 11 March, 2017 | Now: 11 March, 2017