The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974)

Nomination Year: 2012
SYNOPSIS:  The best part of this film is the Leonard Cohen song "Suzanne." So, if you know the song, there's no need to watch the film. If you don't know the song ... go and listen to it, and skip this movie anyway.

It's only called The Second Coming of Suzanne because Pretentious Piece of Crap was already taken. Basically, this film played like a long student piece made by someone who was enamored with Technique and Ideas over such bourgeois concerns as linear sense or entertainment.

The story, such as there is one, is pretty basic. An avant-garde filmmaker (not Richard Dreyfuss) raises money from some bankers (none of whom are Richard Dreyfuss) to make a movie about Jesus as a woman. The woman he finds (not Richard Dreyfuss) is going out with a painter (not Richard Dreyfuss), who quickly goes mad. Or something. Everybody's mad in this film. The filmmaker (Logan) crucifies his Jesus (Suzanne) for real (on a Big Thick Black Cross), even though she makes people feel light and happy and at peace with themselves.

Suzanne is always shot in soft focus. Always. Maddeningly so. And things associated with her as well. Even when (to pick a specific example) she's only visible in long-shot. On a boat.

Behind the guy she's kissing.

It's enough to make me want to yell CHRIST!

Smithee Award Winner! Worst Cover Copy

Also Starring Lucy Lawless! No, really!
"Richard Dreyfuss plays a film maker obsessed with the idea of Jesus as a woman, and tries to film his vision with Sondra Locke as his subject. A haunting film that explores the difference between real life and reel life, and includes erotic scenes featuring Sondra Locke."

That sounds like a great film. Well, at least an interesting film. Unfortunately, Richard Dreyfuss is neither the main character of this film, nor a film maker of any kind (that's a different character). Richard Dreyfuss is in approximately five scenes. You might also note the HOLLYWOOD sign's appearance on this cover. The film is set (and shot!) in San Francisco.

Did I mention the cover still of Richard Dreyfuss taken from the movie JAWS?

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Richard Dreyfuss Jaws, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, won an Academy Award for The Goodbye Girl ... in short, Should Know Better 
Gene Barry "Bat Masterson" in TV's Bat Masterson, among many others in a long career 
Penelope Spheeris best known as a director (Wayne's World, for instance) 
Director Claim to Fame
Michael Barry son of actor Gene Barry, this film was his apotheosis as a writer/director ... sadly 

Kevin Hogan

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