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Film Reviews: Hoffman (1970)
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Hoffman (1970). Based on the novel by Ernest Gebler and directed by Alvin Rakoff. The film starts with Janet Smith (Sinéad Cusack) arriving at the train station with her fiancé. Initially it seems innocent, as they say their goodbyes, but once Janet is alone she gets off the train and looks troubled. She gets a taxi to a house where she is greeted by Mr. Hoffman (Peter Sellers). I was very curious to see Hoffman as a Sellers fan, and also on the basis that Sellers wanted the negative destroyed as he hated the film - apparently his character was far too like him. Despite Sellers' alleged dislike of the film both he and and Cusack are fantastic, and the interplay between the characters is a large part of what makes the film. There's also the slow building atmosphere, as the story builds to the inevitable conclusion, which surprised me. For fans of quirky romance that don't mind the age of the film. 4/5 (Good)
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