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Total Film | The King of Marvin Gardens Review

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Unfairly overlooked amid the riches of ’70s Hollywood, this re-release of Bob Rafelson’s (Five Easy Pieces) drama confirms it as a minor-key marvel.

It’s a sobering and soulful glimpse at the fag-end of the American Dream, its ragged rhythms given lucidity by Lazlo Kovacs’ austere photography of Atlantic City in winter and a trio of powerhouse performances.

While Dern and Burstyn provide the acting fireworks, an impressively melancholy Nicholson still steals it, notably in his bravura opening six-minute, one-take monologue.

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