|Writers||Paul Mazursky (written by)
Larry Tucker (written by)
|Cast||Donald Sutherland Ellen Burstyn Meg Mazursky Glenna Sargent Viola Spolin Andre Philippe Michael Lerner Joan Delaney Neil Nephew Leon Frederick Carol O'Leary Tox Drohar Sophia Krischer Gene Krischer Paul Mazursky Moss Mabry Marvin Walkenstein Rosemary Edelman Ed Long Angelo Rossitto|
|Plot||Bohemian Alex Morrison has just finished directing his first feature length movie. In its previews, the movie is considered a critical, artistic and surefire commercial success. As such, Alex seemingly has his choice of what his next project will be. Alex has a few thoughts in his mind, such as a biopic of 'Lenny Bruce' (qv), or a movie about a black uprising in Los Angeles. As he makes the rounds both in the Hollywood community and European movie centers for ideas, he fantasizes about movie scenarios of those everyday situations he is in. These fantasies are influenced by his movie idols, some who he meets such as Italian director 'Federico Fellini' (qv) and French actress 'Jeanne Moreau' (qv). Concurrently, he is considering what to do about his personal life. He, his wife Beth and their two daughters live a middle class lifestyle. He is wondering whether it makes sense to "move up", which means that movie making not only has to achieve his main purpose of saying something meaningful, but also has to be commercially successful. That need for commercial success may ultimately take artistic control out of his hands.... see Alex in Wonderland on IMDb|
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|This autobiographical 1970 film by Paul Mazursky came on the heels of his success with Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Donald Sutherland stars as a young filmmaker who finds himself the toast of Hollywood after having a big commercial hit. But he feels that he should be doing work that challenges--and even puts off--the mass audience. As the studios clamor for his next film, he finds himself mired in self-conscious writer's block that ultimately leads him to Italy and a meeting with his idol, Federico Fellini (in a cameo as himself). Self-conscious is one of the words critics applied to this film, an obvious and only occasionally funny homage to Fellini's 8 1/2. Nevertheless, it's an interesting artifact of its time. --Marshall Fine|
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